It seems perfectly fitting that Karla Adolphe would release her second music video on Mother’s Day.
The Alberta-based folk singer is a mother herself, with a three-year-old son and a baby on the way. And this new video, released May 12, is for “Mamma Wing,” a song that celebrates the unbreakable bond between a mother and a child – in life and in death – off Adolphe’s latest solo album, Honeycomb Tombs.
The video for “Mamma Wing,” which was filmed, directed and edited by Wade Yamaguchi, features video footage of mothers and their children, which were submitted by Adolphe’s fans, interspersed with images of Adolphe singing. It’s a celebration of motherhood and of love and hope. Adolphe wrote “Mamma Wing” for her friend Leith McHugh, who lost her 12-year-old daughter Hadley. Adolphe was with the family at the hospital when they said goodbye to Hadley, and this song is for them and for every other parent who has lost a child.
Honeycomb Tombs is a collection of songs written for people going through the journey of grief that was inspired by witnessing Hadley’s death and by stories of grief that Adolphe’s fans sent her, and when it came time to make a video for “Mamma Wing,” Adolphe says she felt that reaching out to her fans once again would be the perfect fit.
“After being inspired by so many individual’s stories in writing the album, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate moms and include them in a stirring visual representation of the story of the song,” she says in a press release. “After a little nudging, I received beautiful videos of moms being their beautiful selves in everyday situations. I loved seeing their love on film and am so pleased with how Wade put it all together.”
Adolphe can’t wait to share the “Mamma Wing” video with others.
“The finished product is more than I hoped for,” she says. “This is one of the main reasons why I chose to work with Wade Yamaguchi – he has an eye for capturing the human experience and really nailed it on this song. I loved how he shot me in a very domestic, neutral space and how most of the footage reflects the everyday ‘ness’ of being a mother. This approach allowed us to appeal to the everyday mom, I hope. The song is about the inexplicable, intimate bond between mother and child, and I hope to have contributed some reflection and beauty to this eternal subject.”
“Mamma Wing” became the second video from Honeycomb Tombs after Adolphe’s fans chose this song in an online voting contest. It was very close, and only four votes separated “Mamma Wing” from the second choice.
“I think the subject matter hits so very close to home for all of us, so it seemed like a great fit,” says Adolphe. “As an artist, I’m always hoping to touch the universal nerves – that is the best art. I am pretty pleased with this piece of work!”
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