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Meaning / Story behind the song:
When we first heard Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” we were inspired by its message. In a world where we too often talk about our differences, we have at least one thing in common. We all struggle. Not in the same way, nor at the same level, but we all want a fighting chance. And we all share in one gift: The will to make the most of our lives. To take what we’ve been given and turn it into something better could be considered the sentient measuring stick of success. But to do so seldom is simple and more often requires we fight. Not against each other. But against the current threatening to drown the ambition in us.
There is a tremendous purpose in struggle. It is when the struggle becomes so fierce that we must fight to swim or sink. John Newton, who penned “Amazing Grace,” worked on a slave trader ship and condoned inhuman atrocities. As his ship was on the verge of being torn apart in a violent storm he called out for Grace. Once his feet were again planted on firm soil he determined to change. His covenant was written into these words,
“I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind, but now I see.”
Grace is the defining moment when we face and fight a monster poised to define us or destroy us.
This song and video for us were a struggle, but a beautifully defining one. We chose the Scottish culture to depict the dichotomy between Grace and struggle. Who else is tough enough and yet delicate enough to don a kilt in battle? And the Scottish pipe and drum are the ultimate conveyors of melody and cadence. One represents Grace, the other the indomitable fight. Our dream was to film one of the most iconic castles on the Earth, Eilean Donan Castle in Dornie, Scotland.
Grace somehow made this video possible. We had to postpone our trip to Scotland several times, and when we could no longer postpone we had to leap in faith because… READ THE FULL STORY HERE:
Fight Song was written by Rachel Platten & Dave Bassett
Amazing Grace (traditional) – lyrics by John Newton
Scotland The Brave (traditional)
Piano Guys arrangement produced by Steven Sharp Nelson
Arranged by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Performed by Jon Schmidt: Piano
Steven Sharp Nelson: cello, percussion, piano
Al van der Beek: percussion, vocal textures
Recorded, mixed, & mastered by Al van der Beek
Scottish drum and pipe recorded by members of the Wasatch & District Pipe Band:
Daniel Schneider, William Gunn, Michael Postma, Ross Morrill, Andrew Morrill, Justin Howland, Erik Abbott & Nicholas Lawyer
Video filmed & produced by Paul Anderson & Shaye Scott
Edited by Shaye Scott
Drone Operator: Paul Anderson Drone Camera:Shaye Scott
Additional Aerial Cinematography by:
Carrick McLelland from
Special Thanks to:
Russ Parker & Mike Postma of the Wasatch & District Pipe Band
Eilean Donan Castle and its very friendly and helpful lads and lasses!
Nigel Shields Advantage Storage Ltd, Piano moving specialists.
Roddy MacDougall, Seumas Gorman (Scottish Removals)
Vernon Kennard (Loch Ness Pianos)
Jimmie Nicholson (piper)
Jonathon Simpson, Calum Watson, Ciaren Ross (Pipers from “Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia”)
Chelsea O’Neill, Craig Baxter (Drummers from “Police Scotland Fife”)
Greig Canning (Piper with Inveraray and District)
And Ullapool & District Pipe Band:
Major Gary Nimmo, Sgt Gregor Couper, Duncan MacLeod, Seumas Hitchings, Joe Crook, Calum Munro, Hector Couper, William Mackenzie, Catriona Renwick, Leah Macleod,
Rowan Macdonald, Becky Tyson, Jessica Ross, Emily Themistokleous
“If you don’t believe in God, have enough faith that if there is a God, He believes in you.” -Anonymous
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