Ingersoll Mayor Ted Comiskey teamed up with Music Producer Bob Breen and Videographer/Editor Jason Ransom to film a music video for his Remembrance Day song titled Red Petalled Flower.
INGERSOLL - Almost 20 years ago, Ingersoll Mayor Ted Comiskey wrote a Remembrance Day song titled Red Petalled Flower.
The song is all about the sacrifices that hundreds of veterans made for our country and our freedom.
Mayor Comiskey talks about how and why he wrote the Red Petalled Flower.
“I was asked to come and speak to the Legion when they had an anniversary down in Norwich. I was asked if I would come and play a few war time songs and so I decided that I would bring along a poem. I started to write a poem and it wasn't really coming to me at all. I took the boys down to the park and they were playing in the park and I looked over and a good friend of mine, Wally was standing looking down at the wreaths because it was just after Remembrance Day and the wreaths were still around the cenotaph in Memorial Park, and I just watched him for a while and suddenly the song just came to me.”
Comiskey recalls how the music video became more than just an idea in his head and the heads of the Music Producer Bob Breen and Videographer and Editor Jason Ransom.
“It was actually a reproduction of what all happened at that time right from the boys playing on the climbers right over to a veteran standing by the wreaths that was the whole storyline. A good friend Bob Breen said you know, one of these days we're going to have to put a video on this. Really it was a work of love in many directions, the piece was just super and you know it turned out much better than I ever expected it. When I saw the first edit it broke me up. It was exactly how I saw that day and how I felt and how I sang the song, captured in the video and certainly in the recording.”
Comiskey gives praise to the two leading actors Chris Comiskey, Ted’s son, and local Woodstock veteran Ernie Guy.
“My son Chris plays me and it's fun to see him there. Ernie Guy from Woodstock is a terrific man just good people, it's very nice to have him be part of it. It was fun, the videoing of it was fun. I was so impressed he was there for four hours outside going back and forth walking here walking there standing here standing there he's just a terrific man and we had lots of fun doing it.”
Meanwhile Comiskey is getting prepared for the Remembrance Day ceremony happening in Ingersoll this Thursday.
“We were going to do virtual, same as last year, but with Premier Ford's decision to allow outside gatherings we said we need this, we really do need in many ways to get back together with respect to the rules and distancing, etc. We really need to get together and experience some of these celebrations of life to honour the vets. It'll be taking place at the cenotaph outside of Town Hall in Ingersoll and we will be gathering there at 10:45 a.m. and certainly bringing forward our respect that these veterans deserve.”
You will be able to hear this beautiful song on our radio station this Thursday.
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