'[It's] one of those songs that had everybody excited in the studio while recording it,' Harper tells EW
Ben Harper and his longtime backing band the Innocent Criminals returned earlier this year with Harper’s excellent 13th studio LP, Call It What It Is. A highlight of the set is “Shine,” and according to Harper, “[It’s] one of those songs that had everybody excited in the studio while recording it,” the singer tells EW.
So when it came time for a second single—the collection led with the highly political title track—”Shine” was an easy choice. The video, which EW is excited to premiere, features a sign language translator as well as a running ticker of the lyrics in a variety of languages across the bottom of the screen. The concept was inspired by one of Harper’s friends. “I have a friend who is a sign language professional and works tirelessly in pushing communication boundaries in the dear community,” he says.
As for the multiple languages, he says, “[That] concept came from a line in the song, ‘if you were all I had, I’d have it all.’ I was curious how the lyric would look and sound translated into different languages, and then it took off from there.”
Check out the video for “Shine” below.