Steve Forbert didn't plan to appear in the video for "Tryna Let It Go," a track from his latest album The Magic Tree, or even make a proper video for the song at all. But as the clip premiering below shows, the veteran singer-songwriter's aesthetic sensibility led him to make something greater out of what was intended to be a lyric video.
"I had this idea that I was just going to get a nice, antique snow globe and just film the snow up close as if you were inside a blizzard, and have the lyrics go by as you're watching it," Forbert tells Billboard. "But the damn song is four minutes long, and it got extremely boring, so no way."
The resulting video for "Tryna Let It Go," a lament he wrote about getting past a broken romance, shows Forbert walking around Keyport, N.J., returning the snow globe to the thrift shop he borrowed it from and then walking past the post office and finishing up as he enters a bar -- quietly and effectively channeling the inner turmoil he sings about in the track.