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Local musical duo celebrate love with ‘Memories of You’

Wyman and Needham post new video and announce New Year’s Eve gig

Rich Wyman and Lisa Needham

Singers and songwriters Rich Wyman and Lisa Needham have been working on songs they wrote during the pandemic. They recently released a new video, “Memories of You,” which was filmed near Mormon Flat Historical Marker behind Jeremy Ranch. The musical duo have also scheduled a New Year’s Eve concert at the Pendry at Canyons Village.
Photo by Bryce Johnson

Rich Wyman and Lisa Needham are laying their relationship on the line — make that online.

Park City’s musical husband and wife have released a video for their new single, “Memories of You,” and the journey they took getting the song written, recorded and videotaped was one for the books.

“We wrote the song during the pandemic,” Wyman said. “I wrote the music and Lisa wrote the lyrics. It was one of those collaborations that was just magic.”

After Wyman played the composition for Needham, she went to her lyric drawer.

When you write music, sing and practice with someone, you’re taking on a different form of communication…” Lisa Needham, singer, songwriter and playwright

“I’ve been writing things down for quite a while,” she said. “Some are pieces of poetry that I have written on napkins, and when Richard would come up with these awesome tunes, I would say, ‘I may have something that goes with that.”

Once Needham showed Wyman the lyrics, the two knew they had something special, and began working on crafting the song.

“During the pandemic, we had so many wonderful evenings when we enjoyed a glass of wine and a glass of beer while sitting at the piano,” Wyman said.

Needham also enjoyed the songwriting process.

“There is something that happens when you do your creative art with your best friend, husband and your partner,” she said. “We’ve been together for 35 years, and people ask us how we do it. I say it’s all about communication. And when you write music, sing and practice with someone, you’re taking on a different form of communication. You get into a deeper flow of a relationship.”

Once the song was finished, Needham created some graphics that would illustrate the song, which is about their relationship.

“We have always had memories, whether they were great or bad, and there is this wonderful thread of memories we tied together,” she said. “It’s like a beautiful blanket of our relationship.”

One of the graphics included a convertible 1957 Chevy. Wyman and Needham decided to feature a classic car in the song’s video after talking with videographer Bryce Johnson of GoBig Creative.

“We brainstormed, and Bryce started talking about getting a car and doing a ‘Thelma and Louise’ thing where we’re in the desert with this old car, but not driving off a cliff,” Wyman said.

Time was of the essence when it came to pulling together the video because of Wyman’s touring schedule.

“I was home for a few days, and we were looking for a car to use,” he said. 

Lisa Needham, left, and Rich Wyman post with their friend’s 1962 Lincoln Continental during a break from shooting the video for their new single “Memories of You.”
Photo by Bryce Johnson

They found one during the Park City Coffee and Cars, an event where classic car owners gather every third Sunday at Hugo Coffee at Kimball Junction.  

“We wanted to find a convertible, but nothing caught our eye, and then, all of a sudden, this friend of ours pulls in and he’s driving a baby-blue, convertible 1962 Lincoln Continental,” Wyman said.

Needham asked their friend if they could use the car for the video, and he agreed, Wyman said.

“The catch was that the car tended to overheat, because everything in it is original,” he said. “So we shot the video early in the morning and we had to stay close to Park City.”

The car scenes were shot near the Mormon Flat Historical Marker behind Jeremy Ranch.

“It’s a beautiful canyon out there,” Wyman said. “We got up early in the freezing morning and spent much of the day filming out there.”

The next time the two got together with Bryce, they shot scenes of themselves singing at home and under the pedestrian tunnel Kearns Blvd., on the east side of Comstock Drive.

“We wanted to shoot there, because we love the colorful murals that the local students had done on the walls of the tunnel,” Wyman said.

Everything came together quickly, and the video hit the internet a month ago. It can be seen on YouTube and Wyman and Needham’s website, richandlisamusic.com.

In addition to “Memories of You,” the couple is working on new songs.

“‘Memories of You’ is the first of many songs we wrote during the pandemic,” Wyman said. “So we are planning on releasing more singles in the weeks to come.”

As the duo tighten up the new songs, Needham’s one-woman play, “My Beautiful Midlife Crisis,” which she developed with director Jessica Lynn Johnson, will open for one night on Dec. 4 at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles. The couple is also planning some live performances in Park City.

The first will be a free two-and-a-half hour show on Dec. 31 as part of the New Year’s Eve at Aprés Pendry at Canyons Village.

The event, which will end at 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2023, will include a New Year’s Eve countdown and balloon drop.

The second show will also be at the Aprés Pendry at Canyons Village, and it will start at 4 p.m. 

“We are also looking at getting other dates, but we are looking forward to performing at the Aprés Pendry,” Wyman said. “We hope people cozy up to the fireplace and toast the new year.”

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