Cowboys Forever & Ever

Last April, I was hired to oversee the production of the 2009 Oklahoma State University football pre-game video. Early on in the pre-production stage of the project, I thought about one of the many facets that makes OSU different, Pistol Pete. I’ve always thought that it was very unique that the school’s mascot was a real person! Frank Eaton was a larger than life type person, and for this project, I wanted to embrace the story of Pistol Pete. After watching all the video I could find and reading as much information that I could get my hands on about Frank Eaton, I wrote the song “Cowboys Forever”. The lyrics are loosely based on the legend of Pistol Pete, setting out to “avenge the blood” of his father.

After the song was written and the recording session was booked, I recorded “Cowboys Forever” at Sunset Sound in Hollywood where the song was produced by Aaron Johnson (The Fray) and Engineered by Warren Huart (The Fray, Augustana). Once the song was mixed and mastered, my focus shifted gears to the video.

For the video, director Taylor Bolding and I were given full access to the players and their summer workout sessions. We wanted to get a ‘behind the scenes’ perspective of the Cowboys in training as they prepared for the season. Working with the players was a lot of fun throughout the project, but the highlight for me was watching Dez Bryant race Bullet inside Boone Pickens Stadium!

In the final stages of the video, Nike stepped into the picture to do the editing and graphic animation. I wish I could show you the video now, but you will have to come to an OSU home football game to see it!