Born from grief, Steve Cowden’s “Chocolate Cake & Ice Cream” spreads a candy life-affirming message
“As a result of you wouldn’t be capable to recreate the way in which we had been all collectively and the way it all got here collectively,” he mentioned in a Zoom interview that included his twin brother Scott Cowden and son Trent Cowden, a latest Seattle Pacific College grad.
Cowden household reunions are normally enjoyable, even foolish, however final winter they reunited in grief. Steve’s nephew, Blake Cowden, had died unexpectedly. The night time of the funeral, whereas ready for dessert, Scott and Trent got here up with the refrain of the tune that impressed the movie.
“And it was actually candy as a result of it was like this little reprieve from loads of the grief we had been experiencing,” says Trent Cowden.
The tune is a little bit of an ear worm.
“If you wish to get that tune out of your head you are gonna need to sing ‘It is a Small World’ ten occasions in a row ,” laughs Steve Cowden, who wrote the lyrics and sings the theme along with his son. An off key piano provides to the appeal.
Cowden then known as upon his abilities as a graphic artist to make the movie.
He says “I simply got here up with the concept ‘what if Ice Cream was a cat and Chocolate Cake was a canine?’”
It took Cowden almost a 12 months to finish. “Chocolate Cake & Ice Cream” is a movie that’s so emotionally pure, your coronary heart will break and mend and fill with pleasure all within the span of three minutes.
“I can not let you know how many individuals are crying on the finish of this video,” he says. “ It is unbelievable”.
Trent Cowden was additionally moved to tears.
“When my dad despatched me the video l final week I sat down and watched it and despite the fact that I used to be actually a part of writing and recording this tune and had seen the storyboard on the finish I used to be tearing up,” he says.
“This one was totally different,” says Scott Cowden. “ I knew it was going to the touch lots of people and I simply love the message of the film as a result of some issues are higher after we’re collectively.”
The movie, devoted to Blake Cowden, is getting shared throughout the vacation season when many individuals really feel loss and a necessity to attach.
“All three of us we’re simply blown away by what’s going on with this factor,” says Steve Cowden. “It is simply taken off. It simply hit a chord with individuals, so to talk.”