Sarah McQuaid’s song ‘Slow Decay’, from her just-released fifth solo album, ‘If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous’ frames the video short about Bill Conner – a father, who in defiance and strength, wanted to honor his daughter Abbey’s death at age 20. And in this conviction, he decided to cycle from his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, all the way to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to visit the Broward health Medical Center, which recovered Abbey’s organs for donation. And at mile 1,400 Conner met the lucky recipient of Abbey’s life giving generosity, 21 year old Loumonth Jack Jr.
Jack helped Conner listen to her daughter’s heartbeat, for the first time since her death. A recording was made by the family for Conner to take with him, as he continued on his journey to heighten awareness about the importance of organ donation.
The message of the video is vigilance, and the possibilities of life giving organ donations.
“I was struck by the simple humanity of the act,” says Harvey, “and the notion that we live on through others after we pass away. I had wanted to tell a version of this story for a while, and as soon as I heard Sarah’s beautiful song I knew it was the right fit.”
Sarah McQuaid’s album ‘If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous’ is available now has been produced by Michael Chapman
“I’m so, so glad that Brett came up with this beautiful concept for ‘Slow Decay’. It’s something I feel very strongly about, and I hope it’ll inspire anyone who’s not already registered as an organ donor to sign up.”
With the help of funding from Arts Council England and Cultivator Cornwall, this poignant and emblematic film short what and how the heart drives the will to proceed and live.
Brett Harvey stated about the film: “I was struck by the simple humanity of the act, and the notion that we live on through others after we pass away. I had wanted to tell a version of this story for a while, and as soon as I heard Sarah’s beautiful song I knew it was the right fit.”
Sarah will be touring in the UK and Ireland in April and May, in the USA in September and October, and hopes to extend her touring range into Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2019.
Words and music by Sarah McQuaid
from the album
If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous
(Shovel And A Spade Records, 2018)
Vocals, guitar, piano – Sarah McQuaid
Upright bass – Samuel Hollis
Produced by Michael Chapman
Engineered and mixed by Martin Stansbury
Recorded in Cornwall, England
Mastered by Sander van der Heide at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands
Mother – Mary Woodvine
Baby Lea – Enys Val Baker
Young Lea – Ethel Jean Harvey
Teenage Lea – Chloe Endean
Man – Daniel Richards
Directed by Brett Harvey
Transport by Emily Dobson
Grade by Roc Sandstorm
SFX Make Up by Michele Bromley
With thanks to