Today’s memory stash: Stacy Bogan creates ‘Trouble Tomorrow’

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Image of visual artist Stacy Bogan painting Trouble Tomorrow, inspired by Lafayette, Indiana rock band June IND’s song “Trouble Tomorrow” for the group’s First Annual Meeting of Optimists art and music project.

In August 2018 our visual artist friend Stacy Bogan painted this portrait to be used for the artwork for “Trouble Tomorrow” and we filmed the process to be used for the music video.

But that’s not how it started.

Initially, this painting and video were a test run using a demo recording for “Ain’t a Lot of Love” to see if our First Annual Meeting of Optimists art and music project would work.

Our idea was this: we’ll provide the song, lyric sheet and canvas to a visual artist and they’ll interpret it into a painting. Additionally, we’d record a video of the canvas transformation.

Ultimately, Stacy decided to do another pass at “Ain’t a Lot of Love,” so we put this art/video on a shelf and reshot another piece. We released First Annual Meeting of Optimists Vol. 1 in November 2019.

Having the music for Vol. 2 ready, Stacy (along with artist Brandon Ahnert) rejoined our effort for First Annual Meeting of Optimists Vol. 2 by contributing their talents to “From a Foreign Son” and “Ok, Alright” in December 2019.

Our “Trouble Tomorrow” artist had to bow out, the pandemic hit and we were short on art/video to release First Annual Meeting of Optimists Vol. 2.

It took a little longer than we’d like to admit, but eventually we remembered having Stacy’s earlier painting/video on a shelf and repurposed it for “Trouble Tomorrow.”

Vol. 2 was released in March 2020.

Watch June IND – Trouble Tomorrow (Official Video) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzcgPft8_bI.