Jul 9, 2014

Baseball And Folk Rock Collide In "The Closer"

Inspired by his small town upbringing in Alberta, including plenty of evenings spent watching baseball games with his dad and brother, Mike Edel created The Closer as a tribute to all those memories. As well as writing a lovely little song to represent his childhood nostalgia, Edel collaborated with a group of animators to accompany this song about those fleeting baseball moments. Incredibly relaxing.

I wrote a song called The Closer. It's a story about a pitcher in a small town, a lot like the one I grew up in, who is pitching a perfect game into the 9th inning. But his mom runs onto the mound and tells him that he needs to leave the game because his dad has had a farming accident. So the coach brings in the closer with a 2-0 lead in the 9th inning. He gives up a walk. Then a single. Then a home-run. They lose the game 3-2 in the 9th.

I think that sometimes we think that these small moments in small towns don't matter, but the truth is that they do.

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