Last time Slightly Stoopid had the misfortune of landing in my quill’s crosshairs, it was because of their half-baked idea to press a song to a playable record made of hash.
This time, they’re redeeming themselves with a pretty cool animated lyric video made from canvas paintings by Hawaii-based artist and surfer Danielle Zirk.
To top it off, the original art from the video will be auctioned off for charity with proceeds going to the Global BrightLight Foundation (GBL), a nonprofit that offers affordable solar energy to rural and impoverished communities -- communities without access to electricity -- around the world.
It’s a fitting partnership, considering the video’s song, “One Bright Day,” has such an optimistic message and sound.
"GBL is thrilled to partner with Slightly Stoopid to bring solar energy to people living without electricity in Latin America. The themes of light and hope in the song ‘One Bright Day’ reflect our vision of a world in which everyone has access to clean, sustainable energy,” said GBL CEO Ben Bunker.
The song, a ukulele-driven ballad from Slightly Stoopid’s new album “Meanwhile … Back at the Lab,” features vocalist Angela Hunte, who is best known for her hand in writing Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.”
Now, Hunte has traded New York glitz and glam for Slightly Stoopid and Zirk’s island state of mind.
About her paintings, Zirk said, “I wanted to illustrate a story of nature, love and compassion by channeling the sound of the ukulele and the echoing voice of Hawaii. I used traditional Hawaiian imagery evoking volcanic goddesses, traditional oceanic star charting systems, old canoes sailing amongst breathing natural landscapes and the one-of-a-kind enchantment of the ocean.”
Don’t miss your opportunity to bring that enchantment into your home, and see Slightly Stoopid on the Seaside Stage at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Saturday, Aug. 26, after the last race.
Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.