With the help of a grant from the Community Foundation of Johnson County, the Iowa City Senior Center and its intergenerational folk choir, the Family Folk Machine, have produced a music video for the song "Brown Gold" by Tom Chapin, which celebrates the wonders of composting. Tom Chapin is a Grammy-winning singer / songwriter and a brother of the late singer / songwriter Harry Chapin.

The public is invited to participate in a music video release party on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The party will start with the debut screening in the Senior Center Assembly Room at 28 S. Linn Street in Iowa City. Afterwards, the audience will parade to Chauncey Swan Park, located across the street from City Hall at 410 E. Washington Street, for singing, outdoor games, earth-friendly snacks, and compost-related educational activities.

After its premiere, the music video will be made available to individuals and organizations working to promote composting. The video will also be available on the Senior Center’s YouTube channel as of Sept. 26 and aired on local access cable channels in the coming months. The video was directed by Brad Mowrey, while Luke Tweedy recorded and mixed the audio. In addition to live performances by the Family Folk Machine, the video features animation by Nick Thornburg.

The Family Folk Machine, directed by Jean Littlejohn, is an intergenerational, non-auditioned choir supported by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center that welcomes kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds to sing together with a folk band.

For more information, contact Senior Center community outreach specialist, Emily Light, at 319-356-5224 or emily-light@iowa-city.org.


Date of publication

Wednesday, September 16, 2015