Monday, February 13, 2012

Portrait of Me Music Video

This music video is extra special to me as it features my artist father Phil Gegner. As long as I can remember, I think of my dad drawing – working on a detailed oil painting or calligraphy in his studio, drawing pencil portraits at family gatherings, even sketching pictures of unbeknownst people at restaurants while waiting for our meal. Not only is this song dedicated to my earthy father, it also addresses God as the Great Artist – the author of life and creativity. The video was shot in my dad’s art studio, and at Liberty Presbyterian Church in Delaware, OH. Ben Bays shot, edited and directed the video. (

Featured in the video are also string actors Winni Li (violin), Brian King (viola) Sabrina Chon (violin), Brian King (viola) and Matt Hawley (cello). Matt Hawley and I grew up together, went to the same school K-12, and were neighbors during middle school and high school.

The actual players on the recording are David Davidson (violin), David Angell (violin), Monisa Angell (viola), John Catchings (cello) and Marc Andre (piano). Bobby Shin engineered the string session and Todd Robbins mixed the song (and album). Robert Nugent arranged the strings.

To see the music video for Shadows & Sunlight, click here.

If you haven’t heard the new album Snapshots of the Shattered Soul, take a listen on iTunes.

Phil Gegner Artwork
To see some of my dad’s artwork (besides those works displayed in the video), click here. He has worked in oil, watercolor and pencil, and specializes in portraits (people, pets, even houses) and calligraphy.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Shadows & Sunlight Music Video

After much anticipation, the music video for Shadows & Sunlight is here! Thanks to director Ben Bays for his amazing work! Also, thanks to Shawn Likely who assisted Ben in shooting the footage. I’d also like to send a thank you out to actor Ian McCue, as well as the band – Jim Davis (drums), Joey Bradley (bass), Mitch McKelvey (guitar left) and AJ Maynard (guitar right). Finally, thanks to my father-in-law who loaned us a kerosene heater to keep the room warm!

(The players on the actual recording are Miles McPherson (drums), Joeie Canaday (bass), Matt Meyer (rhythm guitar), Mike Payne (lead guitar), Marc Andre (keys))

Ben Bays and I met back in 2005. We began by working on a kid’s show together at a production house in Columbus, OH (he produced the video, and I produced the audio and music). Since then, I’ve written the music for two of his short films, The Truck Driver and The Horseman. To hear some music from The Horseman, click here.

Future collaborations are in the works.

Click here to watch the music video for Portrait of Me. This video features my artist father.

To see more of Ben’s work, visit