Beauty in Gloucester

I loved this Macy Gray song from the moment I first heard it. The lyrics are full of hope. I found the song  to be perfect for creating a montage of my favorite clips, filmed in and around Gloucester over the course of the past month. The footage is from works-in-progress butterfly films, 2012 Greasy Pole shorts, and random footage from a family picnic. Is it too kooky–butterflies and Greasy Pole Walkers–you tell me because I see beauty in everyone and everything.

Filmed at Niles Beach, Pavilion Beach, Good Harbor Beach, Eastern Point, Brace Cove, Gloucester Harbor Walk, and Plum Street. Created for Good Morning Gloucester. Dedicated to Joey and his beautiful family and to our beloved Gloucester community.

Thank you Ciaramitaros for your help with my Monarch film!

Thank you to my darling daughter Liv; as Craig said, “a trifecta–beautiful, smart, and funny!”

Beauty in the World Sung by Macy Gray

Eloise Ciaramitaro
Madeline Ciaramitaro
Joe Ciaramitaro
Stew McGillivray
Ross Carlson
2012 Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers

“Beauty in the World” is by American singer Macy Gray from her album The Sellout, which is Gray’s fifth album and first since her under-performing 2007 album Big. The Selllout is her return to musical form after almost conforming when her last album didn’t take off. “I thought after Big flopped maybe I should do what everyone else was doing,” she said. “Go out and hire the hottest producers, the best writers, get real skinny. But none of those people called me back.”

The song was inspired by hearing her daughter’s laughter on a down day. “I didn’t even know what she was laughing at. I thought ‘at least she’s happy.’ And I felt at least I hadn’t failed there, because my daughter’s happy.” -wiki

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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24 Responses to Beauty in Gloucester

  1. That was amazing as you are Kim: Love the kids and the look on their faces, loved it

  2. debny01930 says:

    Sitting here watching your charming video with all the windows open, the curtains billowing with a glorious morning breeze and I feel so blessed to be living here surrounded by people that love Gloucester like I do, This place truly is a little nugget of heaven. Thank you so much! What a lovely way to start the day!

    • Fredrik Bodin says:

      I love this quote: “This place truly is a little nugget of heaven.” I agree, and hope to title an upcoming post similarly. Thanks debny 01930! I was formerly fredny11762.

  3. Kim Smith says:

    Thank you Donna–lucky me the girls are so into their caterpillars, Liv was so funny at the beach that day and beautiful children playing along the shoreline that one day we all got have a picnic!!

  4. Rich B says:

    WOW! Kim, that is such a beautful video. Amazing footage. Fantastic job!! Dont stop! Excellent song selection too.

  5. Kim Smith says:

    Thank you Deb! I love your expression-nugget of heaven–Gloucester is the muse for all of us who are fortunate enough to live and work and visit our beautiful city by the sea.

  6. Alicia Cox says:

    Isnt it great to get an inspiration from a song! Beautiful video kim and also that was a great song! excellent job!

    • Kim Smith says:

      Thank you Alicia-yes–this was so inspirational. After i made the video I read that Macy Gray was inspired by her daughter’s laughter. If I told you the part at the end, where Madeline is laughing and says “that tickles” was in the video before I read the wiki entry about Macy Gray’s daughter, no one would believe me, but it’s true!!!

  7. Your video is bee-yoo-tee-full, Kim. I’ve watched it several times and see different nuances during each viewing. Thanks for posting it.

  8. John McElhenny says:

    How can you repay someone for sharing 4 minutes of beauty with you? Thank you, Kim. What a wonderful film.

  9. Anthony Marks says:

    Another master piece !

  10. Lori T. says:

    That was amazing, crazy, fun, beautiful !! Thank you.

  11. awesome kim! thank you for this. it made my day!

  12. Wow Kim! Your video makes me want to film something and learn how to to edit. You are so multi-talented!

  13. Kim Smith says:

    Thank you Lori, Anthony, Paul and Fred for your super kind words–hearing Beauty in the World the first time made my day too, and I am very grateful GMG provides the opportunity for us all to share our love for GTown!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Kim that was just beautiful… !

  15. Butterflies and greasy pole walkers dressed in who know what. But the song tied it all together perfectly. Funny and beautiful and you can’t watch it without getting a big grin on your face.

  16. amandacakes says:

    This is amazing Kim! Love it!

  17. Howard Anderson says:

    Thank you Kim for sharing that with the world.
    God, I miss that place. Truly a little bit of heaven.
    Thanks again.

    • Kim Smith says:

      Thank you Amanda, Paul, Howard, and to everyone who has written–we do live in an amazing place-and we are so fortunate to have a place like Good Morning Gloucester to highlight it’s people and their passions!

  18. Meredith says:

    Really Really Lovely!

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