Westporters of a certain age remember Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Our House.”
It’s a very, very, very hummable song about a “very, very, very fine house.”
It’s also 50 years old.
To celebrate the golden anniversary of its golden oldie album, “Déjà Vu” — and, of course, to promote a deluxe re-release of the original, complete with demos, outtakes, alternate takes and perhaps flowers in the vase you bought today — Warner Music commissioned Jeff Scher to create an animated version.
He was a Staples High School sophomore when “Our House” floated onto record players across America. Now he’s a filmmaker/animator, working in a Cross Highway studio a few steps from his house.
Which, interestingly, is now the house of “Our House.”
Graham Nash wrote the song for Joni Mitchell in 1969. The house was her Laurel Canyon home where they lived at the time.
While it’s a very fine house, it didn’t quite fit the needs of animation, which was to read instantly as a kind of icon for anybody’s house. So after a dozen attempts, I realized that our house could be that house.
What could be more universal than a Federal style farmhouse? And the minute I started cutting it out, it felt right.
Jeff Scher has created a very, very, very fine video.
To go along with his — well, you know — house.
BONUS CUT: The video was animated by hand using cut paper, on black felt under a camera with a traditional animation stand. The style of cut paper was inspired by former Weston graphic designer Paul Rand, who often used it in his work.