Rachael Sage has released an uplifting new video for her Top 40 charting single “Blue Sky Days” from her album Character.
Originally composed as a meditation on gratitude in the midst of her cancer recovery, Rachael Sage’s song has taken on new resonance during the stark reality of Covid-19. Every week since lockdown, Rachael has been performing “Blue Sky Days” via her Facebook Livestream sessions “Stay In With Sage” (benefiting New York-based charities), where listeners and fans have responded enthusiastically to the song’s positive imagery and message of hope.
The video, directed by award-winning cinematographer Michael Flanagan and produced by Sage’s longtime collaborator Nick Clark, features 10-year-old figure skater Morgan Sage (no relation), and was filmed at the historic Evarts Rink in Katonah, NY as well as Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT.
The concept for the video is Rachael’s, who trained as a ballerina and has been a lifelong fan of figure-skating. Juxtaposing sequences on ice with the warm intimacy of solo piano, “Blue Sky Days” embraces joyful expressivity during a time of isolation and “sheltering in place”.
Rachael explains, “As a survivor, it was important to pair this song with imagery that exemplified the freedom that comes from regaining control not only of one’s physical body, but over one’s spirit as well. When I saw Morgan skate, her sheer joy and pure expressiveness immediately reminded me of what I was feeling when I played my first show after my recovery. The song is essentially about hope, as well as a particular kind of gratitude that is much stronger because it is grounded in mindfulness. Now more than ever, we all can agree that health, loved-ones and the beauty of nature are precious beyond measure… and that eventually, the clouds do clear.”