Dixon shoots 'Part of a Set' in the Highlands
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | October 2, 2014
The undying love of a local married couple is part of the inspiration behind Carl Dixon's latest song, "Part of a Set."
The former lead singer of The Guess Who, who resides in Haliburton, was busy shooting his music video for the song at various locations in the Haliburton Highlands this past week.
"Earl and Eleanor Cooper were part of the inspiration, and I was thinking about couples that stay together through thick and thin," Dixon told The Highlander. "No matter what the world throws at them they find a way to tough it out and stick together. At the end of it all they're really glad that they did because they've still got each other. That's what the song's about."
Dixon lived in Haliburton for a period of time when he was a boy. His father taught at the high school and Earl worked with him during those years.
"We met again when I moved back to town," said Dixon, adding that he got to know Eleanor through her involvement with the local media.
For the past year-and-a -half, the Canadian rocker has been in the process of transitioning to country music.
"Country music is a better fit for me these days," he said, explaining that his approach to songwriting is now more about storytelling rather than taking "an aggressive approach."
The Coopers, who just recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary and live in West Guilford, were happy to be featured in the music video.
"I couldn't have imagined it," said Earl. "It was something that was a bit of surprise."
A pipe major for years with the Haliburton Highlands Pipe Band, Earl said he became accustomed to being photographed. However, being part of an organized video shoot was a new experience for him.
Earl and his wife were part of a waltz scene shot in a barn located at Killarla Station, a property owned by Susan and Randy MacDonald in Minden.
Recently engaged couple Amanda VanLieshout and Will Harding were also filmed in a scene at the barn.
All of the footage was captured by director Helen Parker of MyCo Video, who is also Dixon's fiancée.
Dixon will be submitting the video to Country Music Television (CMT) in December or January.
"We're shooting at CMT and any other video networks that are promoting country music," he said.
Once his latest album has been completed, Dixon said he might host an unveiling party somewhere in Haliburton.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.