Kurt Rosenberg is a world-renowned musician and composer of Celtic Music. He is a member of both Clan Scott Scotland and the Scottish Music Industry Association and aims to touch as many people as he can with his delicately-crafted songs. After years of anticipation, Rosenberg’s acclaimed short film “Highland Home” has been released to the public.
One of his most beloved songs, “Highland Home,” is Rosenberg’s love-letter to Scotland. This composition is reminiscent of Rosenberg’s time spent traveling to the Scottish Isle of Arran. There, he played piano in Lady Hamilton’s drawing room and was overcome with a sense of belonging when the whole castle erupted into applause following his performance.
Rosenberg took several years to compose “Highland Home” and write the lyrics to the piece, as he wanted to make sure that it properly conveyed his love of Scotland and told a narrative that could be brought to life.
On the day that Rosenberg was having the song professionally recorded, the musical arranger, audio engineer, and the vocalist on the song decided that this song had not yet reached its fullest potential, and agreed to make a short film for the song.
To make his song come to life, Rosenberg collaborated with Dan Shaefer as the director and writer, Brent Rogers and Zach Stevens as producers, Tim Gorman as the music arranger, and Karen Johnson Miller as the Vocalist. Grant Gosch and Taylor Hennelly feature as actors in the short film, and Dan Compton and Gordon Convoy accompany the music on the fiddle and bagpipes.
The film follows the story of a young girl who discovers an old journal when she is exploring her family’s attic. When she opens the journal and begins to read about a romance from many years ago, she is transported to another time with many enchanting wonders.
When discussing the meaning behind “Highland Home,” Rosenberg says, “it is about longing to get back home, to return to a place that fulfills us and brings us joy. I hope that people, no matter where they are from, will feel the universal calling of a place called home.” This celtic song’s moving message is what inspired the short film to ultimately be made.
After making the film “Highland Home,” it was selected to be screened in a number of prestigious international film festivals including the Cleveland International Film Festival, The Oxford Short Film Festival, and the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival.
However, the film had to screen online instead due to the fact that it was released in 2019, right before the global COVID-19 pandemic. This meant that not only did Rosenburg miss the chance to see his project premiere in person, but he also had to miss out on the chance to network with professionals from the Film and Music Industries.
Regardless, the short film saw great success, including accolades such as a Platinum Remi Award from World-Fest, a Director’s Choice Award at Santa Barbara’s International Fine Arts Film Festival, the Winner for Best Lyrics at the International Music Video Awards, and the Best Music Video Award at Bath’s Jane Austen International Film Festival.
Now, fresh off of the International Film Festival Circuit, Rosenberg has released the short film “Highland Home” to the public by making it available for viewing on YouTube. He made the announcement via his popular Twitter account, @KRosenbergMusic, earlier this month on June 6th.
Rosenberg has high aspirations for the future, and hopes to continue on the path of success he has found after “Highland Home.” He wishes to one day become internationally known as an accomplished composer, a sought-after musical collaborator, and someone who creates special ties with his fans.
For the time being, Rosenberg has some exciting projects in the works and looks forward to future projects. Some upcoming projects of his include refining the music and lyrics for his original musical “For the Lack of Laura,” and producing a music video for “The Moon Followed Me to Falmouth,” a song reminiscent of old sea shanties from the British Isles.