I Can See Your Tracks Contest Results

A hearty thanks goes out to all of the creative individuals that submitted a video for the “I Can See Your Tracks” contest.  It turned out to be really hard to choose a winner and runners up (and a little tricky to transfer from DVD to YouTube) but we are pleased to crown Alden Healy from San Francisco, CA as the winner with this intriguing use of human interest newsreel footage to elucidate the haunting tenderness of the song:


Second place goes to Dan Fields of Baltimore, MD for creatively pairing the song to stills from the Apollo 11 mission.  Who knew Jim James soaring vocals make for a terrific soundtrack to the iconic “Earthrise” photos?

Third goes to Karen Anderson of Hood River, OR, who turned in an simple, almost meditative treatment which uses footage of our locally beloved stratovolcano, Mt. Hood.

Thanks again to all the videographers that participated!

  • ContestVideo

    January 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Wow, I think the two good videos on youtube were robbed. I mean…….really robbed. I guess this was an Editing competition, using other peoples footage….

    Good Job howie0812 and Vahkil. I think your videos should have easily been in the top three. Oh well…….

  • Contestvideo2

    January 21, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I cannot agree the first part of the prior comment about those two youtube videos as I thought they were several that were much, much better and actually demonstrated the song’s meaning, but I do agree with the latter about it being totally unfair that 2 of the winning videos used footage/images that are almost certainly not their own original material and that the third place video was nothing special. As none of the winning videos were seemingly submitted online, it makes me wonder if one would of had a better chance of winning by submitting their video via post on dvd.
    Laura, I love your music and your new album…but I am highly disappointed in the outcome of this contest.

  • ContestVideo3

    January 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I am fine with both opinions, I do like the production value of the first commenters videos, but everyone has their fav on youtube….BUT I can honestly say that it is almost universal that no ones favorite are the three videos who won. Nothing about those videos is inspiring or honestly creative. The last video contest had great videos selected, this feels like yal have just picked the first three you pulled out of a bag……I honestly expected more.

  • Meagan

    January 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I love the video. It moved me greatly. Very well chosen, although there were many outstanding entries.

  • Matt N Johnson

    January 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Congratulations to the winners. I don’t mean to take anything away from them with this comment. I only want to verify and clarify that the videos submitted directly online through YouTube were considered. In looking at the rules for the contest it states that:

    “• Make an inspired, clever video for “I Can See Your Tracks”

    • Upload to You Tube or Vimeo at high quality, (recommended 720×1280 for HD, 640×480 for SD) and let us know with an email detailing the following

    • Videos will be judged on ingenuity, concept, and production quality–not view count–by the band. (Though, we would like it if you were keen to share your work with others!)”

    While I think the winning videos are well done I wonder about why only videos submitted directly on DVD were winning videos? I submitted my video entry back in November to this e-mail address: chad@hushrecords.com

    I never received a confirmation that the video was accepted or even that the e-mail was received. Not even a thank you for participating.

    I’ve met Laura Veirs and the Hall of Flames and they are genuine wonderful people. I find it strange that my video entry feels like it went into a black hole never to be heard from again.

    I hope this doesn’t sound like sour grapes and I’m happy for the winners. It just feels a like weird to me, like my video and maybe the other online only videos, weren’t considered as being in the contest.

    That’s my little rant for the day.

    I love the new album and music and I look forward to going to see Laura and the gang in Seattle in March.

  • raven

    January 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I just want to assure all of you that all of the videos were seen and we are grateful for your time and creative effort. Here is a list of links to the entries (in no order):


    We tried to thank each entrant and apologize if we missed you. We sincerely appreciate your enthusiasm for Laura’s music.

  • Matt N Johnson

    January 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Raven- thank you for the assurance and the quick reply.

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