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Private Investigations -- a Moonlight Noir video

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2022 7:31 am
by Shadow
A little celebration of Moonlight Noir.

This video uses most of the song "Private Investigations" by Dire Straits.

on Youtube:

On Vimeo:

It's a mystery to me
The game commences
For the usual fee
Plus expenses
Confidential information
It's in a diary
This is my investigation
It's not a public inquiry

I go checking out the reports
Digging up the dirt
You get to meet all sorts
In this line of work
Treachery and treason
There's always an excuse for it
And when I find the reason
I still can't get used to it

And what have you got
At the end of the day?
What have you got
To take away?
A bottle of whisky
And a new set of lies
Blinds on the window
And a pain behind the eyes

Scarred for life
No compensation
Private investigations

Re: Private Investigations

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2022 7:06 pm
by allegrita
Ohhhh, Shadow, this is just perfect! :heart: I love Dire Straits, but I'd never heard this song before. It might have been written by Mick himself! The clips you chose of Coraline and Beth really portray the way Mick is entangled with them both. And your use of black and white is just wonderful. I love the high contrast, it makes all those noir-ish shots even more so. :Mickangel:

I know I say this a lot, but this is my new favorite video. :cloud9:

Re: Private Investigations

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2022 9:49 pm
by MickLifeCrisis
Loved this and all the noir aspects. Great melding of the clips - I especially like the way you used Little Beth and morphed to grown up Beth. Well done!

ETA: I looked up the lyrics - perfect! :highfive:

Re: Private Investigations

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2022 8:01 pm
by choccyterri
:heart: Ahhh, Shadow this is just beautiful as always. And makes me a little sad at the same time. What complex relationships they all had. I love the way that you can capture a feeling so perfectly and draw us in for the journey with you.

Thank you so much for sharing your talent! :flowers:

Re: Private Investigations -- a Moonlight Noir video

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2022 11:08 am
by Shadow
Thank you so much, Alle and MLC and choccyterri!

I really couldn't believe it when I found this song .... this year. I wonder where it's been hiding? I've been a Dire Straits fan since 1985. (I was at school in New Zealand at the time, and the whole country was going crazy because the band was scheduled to put on three shows in NZ for its 1985-1986 tour. I think it was the biggest concert tour NZ had ever had to look forward to. Every time I turned on the radio that semester, Dire Straits was playing!) I figured this song had to be relatively new since I'd never heard it before, but nope, it was released in 1982. Well, no internet back then, and no streaming, so I guess it was a lot easier to miss things! I'm glad I finally stumbled upon the song.

The video is finally up on Vimeo as well as Youtube, and the lyrics are now up in the first post. :hearts:

Re: Private Investigations -- a Moonlight Noir video

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2022 2:03 pm
by Lilly
Shadow - this is PERFECT. :notworthy:

I'll add my voice to Alle's as someone who loves Dire Straits but has never heard this song. What a gem! But I can't help wondering if I would have liked it as much is I hadn't first heard it accompanied by your moving visuals. :hearts: :flowers:

Another classic.

Re: Private Investigations -- a Moonlight Noir video

Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2022 12:03 pm
by Shadow
Wow, I had somehow not realized that so much time had passed without me replying to this lovely comment! Thanks ever so much, Lilly!

(And that's so interesting that you didn't know this song :chin: .....that makes quite a number of us Dire Straits fans who'd never heard the song before. I can't imagine where it was hiding all this time!)

Re: Private Investigations -- a Moonlight Noir video

Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2022 8:22 pm
by Moonlightsonata
Shadow - thank you so much for posting this video. I had never heard of this song before. I really appreciate your helping to keep the magic of Moonlight alive with these videos.

Re: Private Investigations -- a Moonlight Noir video

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2022 10:37 am
by Shadow
Thanks so much, Moonlightsonata. How interesting that you hadn't heard the song before either....seems like nobody has, even though it's been out there in the world for a very long time! (And I do plan to keep making these....they are so much fun to do, I'm not sure if it would be possible for me to stop!)