This past July, Chris Wilcox released “Drive”, the first single from an upcoming album that he’s got in the works. He just released the music video for that single, with editing and video production done by Paul Chelmis of Human Resources. The video features footage of Chris driving in the rain, and drinking with his friends (chiller whales, you might say), mixed in with old tapes of Chris and his siblings growing up.
“Drive” and the associated video are a tribute to Chris’ late father, Brian Wilcox, who passed away five years ago and is the man behind the camera for much of the old footage you’ll see in the video. Chris is a good friend of mine, going back to college days as Charleston’s delinquent lacrosse players, and seeing him bear it all in the form of music is a great feeling. When Chris premiered the video, he posted a statement on his Facebook page about what the song means to him. His words are better than anything I’d be able to articulate, so I quoted him below.
“Part of being an artist is putting yourself out there. I haven’t done a great job with that, but that will change going forward, and this is just the beginning. This video holds a lot of weight for me, and I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I did being a part of it. For those who know me personally, you know that 5 years ago I lost my Father. This song speaks to memories I have growing up, from him teaching me to drive to getting in trouble and learning from those experiences. Once he passed, a realization dawned on me; time is constantly taking itself away from us, every minute passed is a minute gone, but not lost. Regardless, life is beautiful, and every day we wake up is a new day full of opportunity that ought to be celebrated. This is for my Dad, Brian Wilcox.”
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