The new video from Portland songwriter Jared Mees follows a man’s inner thoughts about coping with loss, while he makes a road trip to the Oregon Coast in a white Studebaker. Mees explains the song’s reference to the Navy close-formation flyers in the Blue Angels.

“I heard a pilot from the Blue Angels speak in high school, and he said that they are so locked in, everyone taking cues from the leader, that they aren’t really looking where they themselves are going. And if the leader were to make a mistake and crash that they would all crash. I thought that was a good metaphor for the way romantic relationships are. That we become so entwined with another person that we lose ourselves in a sense and it’s really tough to continue on without the other person once they are gone.”

Jared Mees is co-founder of Tender Loving Empire, the record label and Portland retail store. The beautiful video for “Blue Angels” was directed by Evan Atwood.

Mees plays a release show for his new album “Life is Long,” Sunday, June 4 at Doug Fir Lounge.