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Garage Sale Queen

About the song & the video

Garage Sale Queen really sort of just happened.

My mom had been bugging me to write a song for her. I was annoyed because I didn’t feel like writing a sappy song. She said, “Why don’t you write about how I like going to garage sales.” I realized the day before Mother’s Day that I hadn’t gotten anything for mom. I opened up Garageband and started writing a song using their band-in-a-box feature. I wrote Garage Sale Queen in under an hour, slapped in on a disc and presented it to Mom.

She was THRILLED! My brother who is a filmographer thought it would make a fun video, so we started laughing about the idea of my mom someday living in an airstream full of useless crap, going to bed on Friday night with her clothes on so she could jump up at the crack of dawn and terrorize the neighbors. One thing led to another, and before I knew it we were putting the video together.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into!  Locations, props, costumes, crew, craft services, studio time, story-boarding, editing, editing, editing.

The day came to shoot the first scene. We needed it to look like a beautiful summer day in Texas, but the reality was it was 25 degrees and the wind was blowing about 25 miles an hour. We pulled up to the set at 4:00 am in the pitch dark and setup. The crane had a hard time holding still in the wind so it took about 100 takes for the opening scene. We were losing our morning sunrise, so we were rushing everything. Walking slowly in the freezing cold up to the trailer trying to look awesome, then running back to “A” as fast as I could in high heeled boots could on dirt then do it again. I have never been so cold and exhausted in my life!

We almost died in the scene where the truck comes to a halt. “Mama” got to driving faster than we expected and slammed on the brakes, and the truck fish tailed.  We all went falling into the bed of the truck while trying to save our instruments. From the crew perspective it looked like Elizabeth had been thrown from the truck and they all came running dialing 911. Thankfully no one was hurt and we were all breathlessly laughing to the point where they thought we were all injured. I can’t thank everyone enough for all of their effort working so hard for so little pay. We had a lot of angels on our side that day.

Mama was perfectly played by dear friend and actress Cindy Bridges Brown! Never once did she complained on set about anything. She was amazing. The whole crew was amazing actually. I am so grateful we did this project. I learned so much and we had so much fun!


(c) Karen Chisholm (BMI). Released September 26, 2011.
Song written and performed by Karen Chisholm. Musicial tracks produced by Karen Chisholm using GarageBand. Special thanks to Alta Vista Recording, in Austin, Texas for help with the vocal tracks. Backing vocals by Tanya Winch & Elizabeth Wills. Mixing and master by Colin McDonald. Video produced by Karen Chisholm, Pixie Grit Studios. Directed by Terry Melton, Melton Media. Director of Photography by Brandon Boggs of HumbleBee Media. Photography and special assistant to Karen Chisholm, H.Cherdon Bedford. Assistant Director: Anne LaBarbera. Set direction for Garage Sale scene by Katharine Dunham Tretter.