Bright: Stop Motion Music Video by Jenna Citrus

Watch the music video.

Listen on your favorite streaming platform here.

Bright deals with exploring life through the fantasy world of books, and works with the concepts of rebirth and renewal through self-transformation. The artist find herself presented with dreamlike possibilities and spins her own story of escapism. Follow as she reaches stages of adulthood by discovering her true self and deciding to smile and be bright by sharing happiness with everyone.

From Rapunzel, to mermaid, to princess, to embracing inner rainbow colors, follow on this journey with me. I hope this work inspires you to smile and be bright while bringing joy to your day.

This work was shot over a period of 8 weeks.

935 photos later…we have a stop motion music video!

I also throw a little social commentary in there about how cell phones bind us to a boring world and how much books have to offer by stimulating our imagination. 
I’ve been working with video as a new form of artistic expression through my reawakened interest in creating music videos this year but creating Bright let me explore my previous passion in photography while creating a video and I feel like I got to run even more wild in my creating than I had before.

Lyrics:

Remember all the pages in that notebook where you would write
And never feeling like anything would turn out alright
It was…
Sad days
And lonely nights
It was…
So strange
But you gotta survive

And now
Nothing’s gonna hold you back
But at least you know
So you can let it go and
Leave it all in the past

Because you light up my life
And made it all alright
You turned the darkness into light
You know we’re gonna be just fine

So just smile no matter what you’re going through
Cause your futures so bright
There’s so much left for you to do
There’s so much more in store for you

Remember when your only friends were empty hotel rooms
And when you used to fall asleep in hospital beds too
It was…
Sad days
And lonely nights
Yeah
It was…
So strange
Like looking at another life

And now
Nothing’s gonna hold you back
But at least you know
So you can let it go and
Leave it all in the past

Because you light up my life
And made it all alright
You turned the darkness into light
I know we’re gonna be just fine

So just smile no matter what you’re going through
Cause your futures so bright
There’s so much left for you to do
There’s so much more in store for you

So just smile
Cause your futures so bright
Even though it took a while
You’re gonna be fine

To see the 935 still images visit the Facebook album here, you may buy prints of any images, contact Jenna Citrus directly for sales.

Artist Feature Article in Evansville Living June 2021

I’m honored to be featured in this month’s Evansville Living! Riley Guerzini wrote a fantastically worded article and I had a blast as Zach Straw took photos of my works and gowns. Here’s the digital article to read: http://www.evansvilleliving.com/arti…/reinventing-the-shot

Window Design: Street Strut

When Jeanne Marie asked me if I’d be interested in doing a window design for the Street Strut I was thrilled! There was a time in my life where I’d wanted to be a window designer and that part of me lit up. With her help, Odell’s, and Bryan’s we all sourced dresses, instruments, and other elements to create the display for Street Strut. I’m thrilled to have been asked to help with this display and excited to break out another one of my ball gowns for the Street Strut. If you need me, I’ll be one of the dancing people.

The Street Strut itself will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 19, (2021) at Audubon Mill Park.

In a new twist, a free breakfast, featuring individually wrapped breakfast sandwiches and burritos from the Sidewalk Cafe, will be offered from 8 to 10 on the morning of the Street Strut under the beer garden tent on Water Street with the help of a grant from the Henderson Chamber of Commerce…

As in the past, no pre-registration is necessary for the Branaman Street Strut — participants just show up in their extravagant Mardi Gras-esque regalia.

The Gleaner

Disco Wave Remix | Jenna Citrus | Mix by Quadrod

Listen on your favorite platform: https://ffm.to/dwqr

When Quadrod reached out to me on Twitter and asked if he could remix Disco Wave I was thrilled! I love the new beats he brought to the mix and I can’t help but dance every time I hear this song, so here’s to more dancing. I’m loving the music and can’t wait to see what other creator collaborations 2021 has in store for me.

I love dancing and creating videos for these songs. I’m especially happy about that pose I struck while filming!

I was pretty excited to see this preview hit 135K views before the song even released.

Disco Wave Lyrics

The moon is out
The city glows
I’m burning up
but the air is cold

Get lost in the music
Feel it in your soul
Get lost in the rhythm
let it take control

Here in the moonlight
I feel like time stands still
Living in the moment
I feel like I’m fulfilled

It’s like a party every night
Under the glow of the city lights
Beautiful and so sublime
We could dance til the morning time

Feel the rhythm in the air
The melodies that we could share
Just dancing without a care
Oh yeah

I’m feeling good
I’m feeling great
Gonna let it go
Can’t hesitate

Get lost in the music
Dance the night away
Get lost in the rhythm
til the light of day

Here in the moonlight
I feel like time stands still
Living in the moment
I feel like I’m fulfilled

Time stands still
I feel like I’m fulfilled 

It’s like a party every night
Under the glow of the city lights
Beautiful and so sublime
We could dance til the morning time

Feel the rhythm in the air
The melodies that we could share
Just dancing without a care
Oh yeah

Swee ‘Audio Book’ Scavenger Hunt

See the most up to date version here: https://jennacitrus.medium.com/swee-audio-book-scavenger-hunt-7895c470f28d

To help motivate myself to keep editing Swee and to provide a fun, Scavenger Hunt Style, search for the readers/listeners I’ve decided to record myself editing Swee.

Swee is novel geared for young and older adults alike where non-binary people enjoy an idyllic community and learn about natural building, healing herbs, and maybe a psychedelic mushroom or two. This book provides a safe place for reads of all genders to immerse themselves in an inclusive world by being exposed to reading and hearing the pronoun they throughout the entire book.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the finished copy of Swee once this scavenger hunt concludes. Happy hunting and happy discovering of all the different social media sights, don’t for get to subscribe and like! 🙂

START HERE: Scavenger Hunt Intro + Chapter 1 Part 1

Chapter 1 Part 2: Twitter: Little Sunshine (Instrumental) Music Track

21 Chapters total, can we do it in 30 days?!? This book was written as a part of NaNoWriMo where I wrote 50,000 words in October 2020 by writing 1,677 words each day (more or less). I was thrilled that I could write that much if I put my mind to it because it felt like such a monumental task. Now I just have to edit it…again. 🙂

Little Sunshine Lyrics by Jenna Citrus

She’s always making plans
Doing what she can
And now they understand

And as the seasons change
They count down the days
But her smile still remains

And after all the time that we spent
I’m just glad that we could be friends

It’s gonna be alright so wipe the tears from your eyes
It’s not that hard to see ’cause she shines so bright
I know that everything will be fine

Little Sunshine 
My Little Sunshine 
Little Sunshine shines so bright

Little Sunshine 
Little Sunshine 
Little Sunshine 

She’s always on the move
Doing what she chooses
And now they know the truth

And as the days go on
I still think of this song 
Cause she always sings along 

And after all the time that we spent
I’m just glad that we could be friends

It’s gonna be alright so wipe the tears from your eyes
It’s not that hard to see ’cause she shines so bright
I know that everything will be fine

Little Sunshine 
My Little Sunshine 
Little Sunshine shines so bright

Little Sunshine 
My Little Sunshine 
Little Sunshine She’s my Little Sunshine 
She’s my Little Sunshine
She’s my Little Sunshine

Listen now on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1790Vqlhe5sesvsWqksRd4?si=IEKpUhVUQ9yQRrFnEeuOig

Or on your favorite streaming service: https://ffm.to/littlesunshine.owe