Love is in the air, or in our ears, rather, with a new song created for the City of Reno. “ Heartbeat to Heartbeat, Eye to Eye (From Reno with Love)” was created by local artists to uplift and inspire city residents. Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve was inspired by a friendly challenge from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer who helped launch a similar campaign this spring. The song is an original score and shows just how much arts are still apart of this community, even during trying times. Artown, the City of Reno, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and 53 local artists came together to create a beautiful performance for the public.
Two of the local artists are from the University of Nevada, Reno. Josh Reed, who can be seen in the music video playing trumpet, is an assistant professor of music in the College of Liberal Arts. Tom Gordon was responsible for sound, recording and co-producing the music video, and is an instructor of recording arts in the College of Liberal Arts.
“I've said for decades, Reno has a lot of talent for a city of our size,” Gordon said.
A number of University alumni also make special appearances in the video including: Jeff Depaoli, Tristian Selzler, Zach Teran, Miguel Jimenez-Cruz, Lucas Arizu, Dave Gervais and others.
Some of the shots were performed on the University campus in front of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and in front of the new Sierra Hall mural on Virginia Street.
“I can count on two hands the projects that have been such an ‘honor’ to be a part of,” Gordon said. “This is certainly one of those.”
“Heartbeat to Heartbeat, Eye to Eye (From Reno with Love)” is part of a national campaign of cities to unite residents together during difficult times. The music video encourages donation to the " From Reno with Love Artist Fund" to assist performing artists from Reno adversely affected by the pandemic. Everyone involved in the making of this music video was paid by the City of Reno for their efforts.