Hey VENTS! I’ve been well. A little sleepy today, had a gig at The Hotel Cafe last night and stayed out late for after show pancakes (tradition).
Can you talk to us more about your latest single & video “One for Mrs. Claus”?
It’s a Christmas song. I wrote it as an ode to the unsung hero of Christmas: Mrs Claus. I felt like it was time to give this woman the credit she is due. We all know she’s doing more for the Christmas operation than just baking cookies. I see her as the CEO of the North Pole; the great and powerful Oz (Claus) behind the curtain. The video came together in a truly miraculous way (a chirstmas miracle on its own!).
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I just felt it was time for her to have a proper song. We don’t know much about her. She really only exists in the narrative as this dowdy woman in the kitchen, making cookies for the elves, but surely Santa isn’t running this ship on his own.
How was the recording and writing process?
The song came about rather quickly. I came up with the tag first “set up a double, Jack, this one’s for Mrs Claus tonight” and then wrapped the rest of the song around that. The track was produced by Michael Starr (he also played all of that wonderful electric guitar). We worked quickly as we had a tight Christmas deadline.
How was the filming process for the video?
The first piece was securing a location, so I ran around the eastside of Los Angeles one afternoon ( a dry pub crawl of sorts) and pitched my idea about the video to various bar managers. The lovely people over at The Griffin in Atwater Village loved the message behind the song and let me use the bar for free. They were the first piece of the puzzle to fall into place. Adam Hersko-Ronatas directed it and then we had an amazing DP come on board, Matt Ryan. He called in a ton of favors and assembled this fantastic crew. Everyone worked so hard that day (Teri, especially!) and the puppets served as some great comic relief. All of the actors in the video are friends, including the bartender, Rick Negron, who is now in Puerto Rico performing Hamilton with Lin-Manuel Miranda
What was it like to work with Teri Hatcher and how did that relationship develop?
I’ve known Teri for years and she is a great friend and wonderful person. I played her the song after I wrote it, and she loved it. I then told her about my idea for the video and she happily agreed to play Mrs. Claus. I couldn’t have cast it any better. I’m eternally grateful to her for bringing this character to life.
Can you tell us about some other artists who have influenced your music?
Oh, there are tons, but a few that I keep going back to: The Beatles, Steely Dan, Mary Wells, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Tears For Fears, David Bowie, Laura Nyro
What else is happening next in Jane Sheldon’s world?
I’ll be releasing a new single in February. It’s a love song, for these trying times.