Little Iraq

Here’s my third post for Videoblogging Week 2007. This is a guerrilla music video I made with my friends Don Charles and Deb Gessner. Together they are D-Squared. I think they’re the best songwriters in Arizona. I think you should give them a listen.

So, Don and Deb went camping north of Phoenix for Don’s birthday, and instead of the tranquil beauty Don remembered from when he was a kid, they encountered people abusing the desert with ATVs and massive debris and all manner of guns. Don got mad, and then he got even. He wrote this tune.

I really like it. I hope you do, too.

Addendum: I have to license this differently because I don’t own the copyright to the music.

Creative Commons License

Little Iraq (Music Video) by D-Squared + Cheryl Colan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at

Update on July 3, 2007: At the request of Verdi during the recent critical review flash meeting, I have added a 640×480 version of the video – see the link under the video player above.

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9 Responses to Little Iraq

  1. Mignon says:

    Nice job! The images really work with the music. 🙂

  2. hi cheryl, just wanted to let u know i have the links to the videos right here:

  3. Shane says:

    Quads and clods and empty heads
    They’ll shoot up the desert ’til it’s all dead
    No thoughts for others in their heads
    They don’t give a damn at all

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  8. Robert Croma says:

    Oh my. I can’t believe I haven’t left a comment on this before. So here we go…

    An incredibly moving video. And what an indictment! Profound and so terribly sad. The gunshot damaged cactus is heartbreaking.

    There’s beauty and defiance too, of course, in the creative act of D-Squared’s wonderful music. But what a haunting piece, Perfectly shot and edited. Powerful stuff indeed. Thank you.

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