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If “You And Me” by Lifehouse collided with a Howie Day song you would get this rocking new love song single from my upcoming next full-length CD, “White” due out later in 2015. This is the official lyric video for my song “Stop the Sun.”
Once again I teamed up with producer/musician extraordinaire, Nick Garrett-Powell and he transformed my humble song into this amazing ballad!. I wrote this song shortly before Christmas 2009 as a 1st Anniversary present for his my, Jessica. Then we recorded the song on December 23rd, 2009 and Nick added some synthesized drums and other parts to get the song ready in a single day to be given as a surprise to my wife on Christmas Eve, 2009. Since that time live drums, harmonies and other tracks have been added to arrive at the single you hear now.
This song speaks of wishing to be able to hold onto the special moments we have that seem fleeting. The lyrics express the wish that we could freeze time or somehow learn to “stop the sun.” This song will be featured on the upcoming full-length release, “White”, but you can enjoy it now as a preview single! Fans of Lifehouse, OneRepublic and The Script should especially enjoy this rock-inspired love ballad.
For the video I wanted to do something that captured the theme of the song of being able to “stop the sun” and freeze time to spend more time with the one you love. As this song is about celebrating our 1st Anniversary together as husband and wife, I used the idea of a turning postcard display to show snapshots of our first year together. The photos roughly follow our year in sequence from meeting online and then a first date in the park, to engagement photos up at Pittock Mansion and the Rose Garden, to our 1st wedding (yes we had 2) in a chapel in Salem and then our formal wedding later in May in Oregon City. Then we have some shots of our 2nd honeymoon in Kona, Hawaii and finally some images closer to home from days spent out at Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast. The live video footage was shot by my good friends Jeff Huit and Rayleigh Leavitt at our church, Athey Creek Christian Fellowship in Wilsonville.
The band in the video with me is:
Bass: Mike Tompkins-Pugh
Drums: Jeff Antons
Electric Guitar/Harmonies: Nick Garrett-Powell
I created this video in Adobe After Effects using an animation template created by Marissa Joyner for FluxVFX. They make some great AE Templates and you should check them out at!
Music and Lyrics by: Dawson Cowals
Cover design by: Dawson Cowals
Cover photo by: Rayleigh Leavitt
Produced by: Dawson Cowals & Nick Garrett-Powell
Engineered & Mixed by: Nick Garrett-Powell
Acoustic Guitar & Vocals: Dawson Cowals
Electric Guitar, Bass, BGVs & Harmonies: Nick Garrett-Powell
Drums: Jeff Antons
Video Footage by: Jeff Huit & Rayleigh Leavitt
Photos by: Alicia Brumley, Rayleigh Leavitt, Barb Claassen, Dawson Cowals
After Effects Template: Marissa Joyner
This song is available on Amazon and iTunes as a single Stop the Sun.
Stop the Sun
The days have come and they have gone
Wish I’d faith like Joshua to stop the sun
A moment frozen in time
Where I could be yours and you’d be mine
Life’s merry-go-round spins us past
Wish I could make these all too brief moments last
Turn a blink into nine
Where we’d be just one heartbeat entwined
If I had my wish time would be undone
So I could hold you forever now my love
One moment burning bright
If only my love could learn
To stop the sun
I try to show how much I cherish you in song
Though some days work takes me away from you too long
Though I hope that these words
Will ring in your ears till I am home
For it seems just a glance over my shoulder when we met
But somehow a year’s flown by since the day when we were wed
Oh we’ve laughed and we’ve cried
Seen both struggles, blessings alike
I thank God for you my wife
Copyright © 2009 Dawson Cowals.