New Sherwood

Castles in the Air

This is a creative interpretation of Don McLean’s classic song by the Culbreaths of Orland – our first music video! Constructive criticism is welcome.


January 25, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Absolutely beautiful! You’re a blessed man!


    Comment by The Western Confucian | January 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. No criticism — I loved it!


    Comment by Wendy in VA | January 27, 2009 | Reply

  3. TWC: I can’t deny it!

    Wendy: Thank you. It was fun to make. I think some of the pics go by too fast, though. Something to work on next time.


    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | January 27, 2009 | Reply

  4. Since I didn’t know the song, at the very beginning I felt sorry for the girl to whom he is saying goodbye. Only as the song goes on does it become clear that she is a rather hardened city type, that she wants him to go to cocktail parties, that he’s looking for a country wife, and so forth. Perhaps this is intentional. Maybe we’re just not supposed to get the fact that he has understandable reason for leaving her in the first verse of the song. But the pictures representing the girl at the beginning of the video make her look rather nice and combined with the words to make me feel that he was, perhaps, a jerk for abandoning her. I don’t know if you might want to consider picking a more hardened-looking girl for those early pics.

    I think the interpretation of “castle walls” and “castles in the air” as “city highrises” in your pictures is a clever gloss on the words. It may not have been what he intended, but it lends significance to the words.


    Comment by Lydia | January 27, 2009 | Reply

  5. Lydia, you put your finger on the song’s biggest challenge! I actually found some mean, nasty, high-society “city girl” pictures at first – because that’s the image I wanted to portray for reasons of contrast – but my kids vetoed those. In truth the song seems unfair and indifferent to the girl he leaves behind.


    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | January 27, 2009 | Reply

  6. Jeff – loved the family photos and wish you would have lingered on them a bit longer. Especially the one of you and your wife. It brought tears to my eyes because it was so sweet. And the ones of your children are precious, esp. the ones in the field and lined up on the fence. You are blessed!


    Comment by annabenedetti | January 27, 2009 | Reply

  7. Dear Anna, what is even sweeter than those photos are your sweet comments. We may work on slowing some of the pictures down. Thank you, and I’m glad you liked the video!


    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | January 27, 2009 | Reply

  8. Loved it… but having grown up on a farm myself, I was really concerned by the picture of the boy holding the back feet of the goat while his sister was milking. It looked to me like the feet were in perfect position to hit the boy in the face!!!!

    I’ve gotten too many cowkicks, I guess :)


    Comment by Jessica | January 27, 2009 | Reply

  9. What fun! I wish I could head for the hills! We’re gonna work on our debt and then maybe we’ll join you. I have a feeling in our old age you’ll see more of us… :)


    Comment by Ann Marie | January 28, 2009 | Reply

  10. Yes, I did like it very much. Good work by the Culbreath family. I hope you’ll make more. Maybe your own version of Daisy a Day?

    I see the family photos are slowed down – even that little bit makes a difference. Still the misty eyes, you did it to me again, but also a chuckle at that cute goat in the first half, and the priest on the phone. Is he shushing the cows? :)


    Comment by annabenedetti | January 28, 2009 | Reply

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