“Willow” is a song Taylor Swift, 30, co-wrote with Aaron Dessner, 44, the founding member of the rock band The National. It is the lead single of her ninth studio album titled “evermore.”
It was Swift who directed the music video of “Willow.” Released on December 10, 2020 on YouTube, the video was viewed almost half a million times in just half an hour.
As first assistant directors, Joe Osborne and EV Salomon helped Swift in the making of the music video. Rodrigo Prieto was the director of photography while Ethan Tobman and Regina Fernandez were the production designers and Joseph Cassell and Sunshine Madsen were the stylists.
Manny Tapia, Alexander Griffiths and Vincent Lucido were the respective gaffer, key grip and storyboarder. Jumanah Shaheen, David Lebensfeld, Grant Miller and Ingenuity Studios did the visual effects.
Chancler Haynes edited the music video. Rebecca Skinner executive produced it along with Jil Hardin as the producer and Kathy Palmer as the co-producer.
“Willow” features several instruments including violin by Yuki Numata Resnick, electric guitar by Josh Kaufman, cello by Clarice Jensen, glockenspiel by Jason Treuting, flute by Alex Soop, French horn by CJ Camerieri, percussion by Bryan Devendorf and keyboard by Thomas Barlett. Devendorf and James Mcalister were the drum machine programmers and Barlett and Mcalister were in charge of the synthesizers.
Dessner also helped with the synthesizers, percussion, keyboards, piano, electric guitar, bass guitar and acoustic guitar. His twin brother and The National bandmate Bryce Dessner was the orchestrator.
Swift surprised her fans with yet another surprise album in 2020. While the world was battling against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, she released her eighth studio album titled “folklore.”
Republic Records released “folklore” on July 24, 2020 and will release “evermore” on December 11, 2020. Both are surprise albums.
The “Willow” music video is 4 minutes and 12 seconds long. Watch it here: