Music videos have become powerful storytelling tools. The new video of Michael W. Smith’s “Sky Spills Over” single is no exception. I’ve been listening to Michael W. Smith since my own youth group days (remember “Friends” – the song that was used for every senior goodbye?).
The music video has a Lord of the Flies feel to it. Smith stumbles upon a camp of children who seem to be oppressed by a wild beast. Smith, in a Sword in the Stone kind of way, is able to use the sword lodged in a tree to kill the beast and the children rejoice!
The video was a partnership between Smith and his son Ryan. Smith says:
“I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER. It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night. My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project. But what made this project even more special was that 3 of my own grandkids were in the video. This video was a lot of fun to make. I hope people enjoy it!”
The song is written by Smith, Christopher Stevens, and Ryan Smith. The hopeful lyrics are set to music that is fresh.
Lift your eyes/ Look to the horizon now/ There’s still a hope for us/ Reach up from the dust/ And call it down // Can you hear/ Can you the heart that thunder/ Sing His name, sing it out/ ‘Till the sky spills over
We can all relate to the children who find ourselves oppressed by the wild beast. Perhaps it is anger or jealousy. Perhaps it is stress over a family situation or a relationship that has its moments. Perhaps the source is a systemic injustice. Whatever the situation, we long for someone (or Someone) to come and remove the source of oppression. As the song says, “There’s still a hope for us.”