The Cicada

August 17, 2016


The concept came to light while filming a video for Bo DePena in Wimberley. Bo, Georgia and I climbed the stairs to the barn and set up on the second floor to shoot their video "Peace of Min

d". The barn has double doors, acting as windows, that lead to nothing but open air. We sat in the doorway with our feet dangling, talking about ideas for the video.


I was immediately inspired by my surroundings. I was at home in Wimberley. The humid, hot air and the symphony of cicadas in the background. I wanted the video to feel like a dream of home, instant nostalgia.


Bo and Georgia stood with their backs to the open barn doors and the light danced behind them. Bo expressed his concern for the cicadas disrupting the recording, but I told him that the cicadas make the video genuine. Everyone can relate to enjoying the company of friends with that summer night cicada concert in the distance. Bo jokingly said, "You should call this 'The Cicada Sessions'".



I couldn't get that out of my head, it sounded so perfect, almost like I had heard it before. I went home and started researching cicadas: The cicada will stay underground from 2 to 17 years depending on the species. Cicadas are active underground, tunneling and feeding. After the long 2 to 17 years, cicadas emerge from the ground as nymphs. Nymphs climb the nearest available tree, and begin to shed their nymph exoskeleton and become the noisy cicadas we hear on those hot nights. Who knew?






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