For Courteney Cox of Alabama, directing Brandi Carlile’s gorgeous new video isn’t just a pairing of two accomplished women – it’s the result of a longstanding friendship.
Carlile released the clip for “Right on Time” on Tuesday, and it’s tough. On the surface, Carlile’s texts seem to be rooted in the alienation between struggle and reconciliation: “It’s not too late / Either way, I’ll lose you in these quiet days / It wasn’t right / But it was on time.” But the video suggests something Inner things: After a performance, Carlile drifts in stage clothes, but unnoticed by the people around her, through a crowd and finds herself cut off from life by a glass wall.
For Cox, a Mountain Brook native who later starred in Friends and Cougar Town, it is an addition to a list of director credits that includes a dozen episodes of Cougar Town, the film Just Before I. Go “from 2014” and up. It’s also a recall to one of her earliest breakthroughs, a music video appearance as the random girl in a Bruce Springsteen concert crowd who ends up dancing with The Boss.
But as Cox and Carlile Entertainment Weekly tell, there’s more to it than that. They say they were recommended by a stylist, Maryam Malakpour, who credits Carlile with some of the video’s Bowie-esque sensibility. But they didn’t really bond until Cox posted an Instagram video in which she played the piano on a cover of Carlile’s “The Joke.”
The COVID-19 pandemic hampered meeting in the real world until this spring when Carlile Cox finally paid a visit. “You invited me and we became very quick friends, soul mates for life, because we actually have a lot in common,” says Carlile in an EW interview.
Cox said she answered the call for a director and presented her idea like anyone else. “I wanted to see if my idea was something Brandi responded to,” she said.
Cox tells EW Maureen Lee Lenker that her vision was influenced by her own professional experience. “I’ve been thinking about how we feel about having a certain personality and then we have roadblocks and it’s on our minds so often,” she said. “I can tell myself so many different things … I have my own obstacles in so many areas of my life.”
The in-depth interview covers a number of topics, including how Cox’s plan required Carlile to overcome a particular fear and how “Right on Time” could be her strongest song since “The Joke,” which won a Grammy won.
“Right on Time” is the first single from Carlile’s album “In These Silent Days”, which is slated for October 1st.
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