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March 7, 2013

'Wagon' tale: Mankato band good night, gold dust releases 'Bandwagon' inspired music video

MANKATO — Colin Scharf knew he was intrigued the first time he heard about “Bandwagon” — he just didn’t know it would eventually become the focal point of his band’s music video.

“Bandwagon” is a half-hour music program first aired in 1960 that is still produced and broadcast by KEYC-TV in North Mankato. Filmed in the Kato Entertainment Center, the show generally features a polka band and a group of mostly senior dancers careening around the floor in duple time.

Though the show is nothing if not successful — it may, after all, be the longest-running, locally produced music show on the planet — Scharf was struck by the curiosity of it all.

“There’s this sweet surface of Americana,” said Scharf, who came to Minnesota State University by way of New York about six years ago,” “but it’s so bizarre.

“It’s like looking into a different time period.”

And that’s precisely the effect Scharf was looking for when he and band members crafted the concept for good night, gold dust’s latest music video. (The video debuts today and can be found on YouTube as well as the band’s Facebook page, www.facebook/goodnightgolddust.)

The video showcases “Heaven-Sent,” a track from the band’s 2012 album “Towards the Sun.” Essentially, “Heaven-Sent” is a breakup song, a brooding missive of gratitude for having left behind a flagging relationship. Set to a decidedly waltzy tempo, the song assumes a casual, almost flippant quality as if the speaker hardly cares to remember the bygone heartache.

But the video itself contrasts the song’s lyrical notions with footage from a pair of “Bandwagon” tapings last fall as well as snippets from 8mm home movies. The result is a dichotomous narrative that deepens the meaning of the music.

“Sure, it’s a song about failed love,” Schultz said. “But it’s also about making room for a love that does work.”

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