MUSIC VIDEO: Katie Ferrara, “Weightless”

By Lee Anderson

Traveling is one of the best things you can do for your soul. To go somewhere in which the locals dress differently, speak differently, sometimes act differently. The buildings are different and, hell, even the sidewalks are different. It opens the mind to visit other cultures. Other people.

Katie Ferrara attempts to capture this feeling in the music video for her song, “Weightless,” shot in both Chur, Switzerland and Braunschweig, Germany. The video shows her "busking," which is basically finding a public place, plugging into an amp, then playing the guitar and singing like you belong there. See if you can get a crowd. 

To me and most, this sounds terrifying, throwing yourself out there so brazenly. Ferrara does it with a huge grin on her face, like there’s nothing that makes her happier. It’s even written in the video’s YouTube description that this is how she started. Busking is how she got better.  It says she “wanted this video to capture the magic of random encounters with people, the beauty of taking risks and traveling.” She wants to be weightless.

The song is a pleasant acoustic number, a good vehicle for showing that Ferrara’s got good pipes, no doubt strengthened by so much public singing. She can strum, sway, and belt it with the best of them. “Weightless” is itself a perfect song for sitting outside at a European café, having a beer, feeling extra cool from the fact you don’t have to go to work tomorrow, and you don’t know necessarily know where the hell you are right now.

“My heart open,” she sings, “I roam the world...”

It’s a brave life.

“I have faith in people / Chance encounters and wonder / I’m not afraid of people / I’m not afraid to wonder…”

We should all be so lucky really. People would be so much happier if they left their bubble and went somewhere…But, I guess, deep down, everyone knows this already.

In the video, Ferrara has definitely managed to make the most of her surroundings. Shots include her strumming the guitar while sitting/standing before a yawning landscape of massive green hills. This gets interspersed with scenes of her busking on different streets and stages. Getting crowds is never a problem. (To avoid that toxic masculinity stuff, I won’t mention how physically attractive Ferrara is. At all.)

Katie Ferrara is a regular at Universal City Walk in Hollywood as well the Hotel Cafe. She’s now recording “Break Free,” her first full-length album with singer/songwriter and producer Patrick Joseph. She expects to release the album this year. 

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