Stuart Todd Whitworth





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A few years ago I was sitting on the couch with my guitar in hand watching the academy awards when I came up with this little melody. Then that night I developed it into a full song. Can't remember if one of the awarded movies' story lines inspired it or what, but it's about hoping that your special someone feels the same way that you do. My favorite element of the song is the duets between the cello and guitar.  A while later after recording the song, I decided to turn the melody into a solo piano piece with no vocals in order to give another perspective of the same musical idea.  And I couldn't resist introducing a string ensemble that enters halfway through to accompany the piano.  The song "Not Just Me" and the instrumental piece "Just Me" seemed to fit together very well as one continuous musical composition.

So last month my good friend from high school, Taylor Martyn who now lives in Africa, was in New York City for a few days and I met up with him there.  Since the whole city was covered in snow, we decided that the environment would be a perfect setting for a music video for "Not Just Me".  I borrowed my friend McMahan's guitar and Taylor and I went to Central Park and shot four takes while the snow was falling and the ground was blanked white.  We got some great footage.  One of the locations where we filmed was at the opening of a tunnel and the acoustics were pure magic; the sound just resonated like a bell.  During one of the takes at the opening of this tunnel, a small crowd gathered around to listen to the song while we were filming.  Difficult to describe the experience, but performing for this little audience of strangers on a cold snowy day in December was one of the highlights of my year.  Enjoy the music video on the home page!


A few months ago I was fortunate enough to be granted permission to do something really cool in Deep Ellum:  My upcoming full-length album "If All Else Fails" has a fantastic album cover, designed by the talented Sara Kovacs.  So I took the cover art and commissioned Three of One Arts to paint it as a 16 foot by 16 foot mural on the side of a building in Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX.  If you're in the area, go check it out!  It's at the corner of Main and Good Latimer, facing West.  Take your picture in front of it and post it!  So thankful to all involved for making this an amazing project!


A year ago, Taylor Martyn and I were at my apartment going through all my songs to decide which ones we would be making music videos for.  We had already decided that "Happy" was a likely candidate.  Then when I let Taylor hear "Prologue of a New Year" he pointed up at a canvas that I have hanging on my wall (shown below) and said, "what if we went to New York City and turned that image into a music video?!"  Since NYC is my favorite place on earth, I loved this idea.  The next step in the train of thought: since "Prologue of a New Year" flows right into "Happy" and the two make up one long continuous piece of music, why not film the music videos the same way?  So we filmed the band segment of the video in Dallas, and then flew up to New York for the rest.  It was a lot of work, but it was a ton of fun and Taylor Martyn and Robert Morris did a phenomenal job on this video.  Not to mention, we got a really cute actress to pretend that she liked me ;-)

Last month we released the "Happy" music video and now the entire "Prologue of a New Year & Happy" combined music video is done.  I hope you enjoy it!

How “Happy” Happened

It's summer 2010.  I'm single.  Newly single.  Still in the aftermath phase of a recently ended, somewhat short-lived dating experience, I'm sitting on the edge of my bed perplexed with a singular and seemingly relationship-fundamental question:  "I wonder if I make her happy?"  And there it was -- I knew that it was a song the moment my brain asked itself that question.  So I immediately canceled my plans of going to bed, sprinted to grab my guitar, sprinted back to edge of my bed, and musically sounded out the question that I pretty much knew the answer to.  It fleshed itself out pretty quickly (I mean let's face it, the chorus only has 3 words).

I wrote a good chunk of the song that night: most of verse 1, the chorus, some ideas for verse 2.  Then a few weeks later I went to New York City with some friends and family for my annual NYC birthday party.  I stayed for about a week and at one point my friend Craig and I were toying around with some pretty hilarious ideas for the bridge section of the song that combined partial phrases with non-sense syllables to imply meanings relevant to “Happy”.  They didn't wind up making it into the song, but maybe I’ll include it in a secret track or something someday.

Kinda ironic to look back on because a month earlier, I had 10 of the projected 11 songs picked out for my full album.  I told the girl from said dating experience that I needed to choose one more song but none of my other songs seemed to fit quite right on this album.  She suggested that I not choose the 11th song yet, but just continue to work on the already-chosen 10 and wait for a possible brand new creation to be the final song.  And that’s exactly what happened.  So in the end, not only did she supply the inspiration for the song, but “Happy” also became the first single to be released out of the 11 songs.

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