Chel White’s “Bird Of Flames”: “A Meditation On The Enigmatic Nature Of Love”

By on April 28, 2015

Chel White, whose early animated films premiered on Night Flight back in the 80s, as we told you here, has been working in a variety of filmic forms, including music video, and we thought we’d share this one with you since the song was co-written by David Lynch.

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The description at Chel’s website says:

Driven by the music of David Lynch and Chrysta Bell, Bird of Flames is a meditation on the enigmatic nature of love. In a small nightclub, a magician (Minh Tran) coaxes a beautiful chanteuse (Chrysta Bell) to perform like a living doll. In the audience, a young man falls in love with her archetypal image of feminine beauty.

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The video — for a track on Bell’s solo debut album This Train — had its World Festival Premiere at the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival, and won the Special Jury Award for Best Music Film at the 2013 Arizona Int’l Film Festival Best Experimental Short (Audience Award). It was an official selection of the 2012 Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival and the 2013 Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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In 2012, Bell told Rolling Stone magazine that Lynch’s influence on her actually began while she was a child, seeing Twin Peaks on TV and hearing the director’s haunted collaborations with composer Angelo Badalamenti:

“It was the theme song from Twin Peaks that literally opened me up to a new realm of what music was in my life,” she said backstage. “It made me viscerally feel things. It felt absolutely right.”

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, assistant editor for the When You Awake blog, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.