PREMIERE: Chris Shinn Releases New Music Video For “Intelligent Design”

Today we are pleased to join forces with the one and only Chris Shinn for the premiere of his visual for the new single “Intelligent Design,” a song that beautifully blends soothing vocals with slow burn chord progression that fits so well with the rather sad yet inspiring themes of the song that serves both as a departure but also a continuation from his previous musical work.

About the song, Shinn comments “The main chord progression for Intelligent Design came to me the night after an old acquaintance of mine suddenly passed away from a stroke in Charlotte NC. To say Kelly Call was loved would be a huge understatement. And even though we weren’t very close (I only moved back to Charlotte shortly after her passing) I have very clear memories of her sweetness. Although inspired by Kelly the song isn’t necessarily about her. I had been discussing with a friend of mine about how deeply she had touched so many of our friends when he quietly, almost to himself said, “intelligent design”. Those two words, said together at that moment, affected me. A light bulb came on. I wrote it down. The song is ultimately about self awareness. It’s a personal reminder not to squander time. To embrace the infinite and keep our eyes open. It means a few other things as well. As I’m sure it will reveal its own meaning to you, too.  But thats the gist of it.

Chris Shinn "Intelligent Design"

Others may know Shinn from Unified Theory (formerly Luma), the band formed in the wake of Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon’s untimely death, by surviving members, guitarist, Christopher Thorn and bassist, Brad Smith, with former Pearl Jam drummer, Dave Krusen. Unified Theory churned out two albums between ’99 and ’06, after which Shinn returned to LA from Seattle and formed Move As A Verb, with Krusen still playing drums, which morphed over time into Everything Is Energy. This was as creative and productive as any period for Shinn in terms of music but stalled in terms of moving forward as a band. The timing of the digital music revolution wasn’t kind to the AR guys of rock n roll in the early aughts, who were all out drowning their sorrows in every Bukowski-era bar in LA that hadn’t yet been gentrified by now.

Photo credit Lucia De Giovanni

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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