Sometimes loss, like beauty, is ineffable. No words can convey what’s captured in music and film. On Nov. 7, Santa Cruz/NY Americana band Wolf Jett released a breathtaking music video for their original song “Garden of Pain.” The song is a live performance with the accompaniment of the T Sisters, set in the ashen remains of the home of drummer Jon Payne, which was lost to the CZU Lightning Complex Fire.
Before the fire, Chris Jones and Jon Payne (both members of local stalwarts Scary Little Friends) had been laboring ceaselessly to create a music community, performance hall, recording studio, and residence for Bay Area artists that had attracted the likes of Tim Bluhm, Sam Chase, T Sisters, among others. But now amongst the anthropogenic devastation they stand together, converting pain into creation.
Filmed by Justin Kohlberg and recorded by Painted Horses‘ Denys Kozakis, Wolf Jett produced a masterful work below: