The family of six perfectly re-created the rock band's 1983 "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" video shot for shot around their Maple Valley, Washington, home, some 30 miles southeast of Seattle. They dubbed the lip-sync extravaganza the 2020 "Heller Quarantine Edition."
"It was all my wife’s idea," Heller tells USA TODAY. "She was trying to find a way to stave off the boredom so she decided, 'Why not make a music video?' "
The kids were game, and Heller, 43, has video production skills. So Jana dove into the task of coming up with the perfect song, landing on Journey's No. 1 hit from nearly four decades ago, "Separate Ways."
"She likes Journey, first of all," says Heller. "And after watching a number of music videos, it was like, 'We could re-create this video with our kids around the house.' "
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It took extensive shot planning and a Saturday to shoot on Heller's iPhone. Dad (with quarantine face stubble) worked the pained expressions of lead singer Steve Perry while Mom, among other roles, turned over a storage bin to bang out the drums Steve Smith-style.
Sons Jackson, 14, and Asher, 12, along with daughters Lily, 15, and Violet, 9, joined the band, with Lily doing most of the camera work. The family garage became the New Orleans Louisa Street Wharf setting and Violet relished her role as the video's mysterious leather-skirt-wearing blond.
"She has the most attitude of all the kids. She practiced that walk and that fierce look. She was made for that role," says Heller.
The famband members did their best to mimic each movement and shot. "It all went smoothly, even though, at the end of the day some of the younger kids got a little tired," says Heller.
He edited the video the next day and posted on the family Vimeo account, Raising Heller. He assumed the usual close friends and family would view it. But "Separate Ways: Heller Quarantine Edition" went viral, aided by a Seattle radio station interview.
Now at 136,000 views and counting, Heller says, "This is blowing our minds."
He concedes that some of the views are from his own thrilled family members. "I keep hearing them playing it around the house."
Right now the family is enjoying the success with no plans of putting the band back together for a new video.
"Everyone keeps saying, 'Do another!' But it would be good to be that family that did something cool that one time, rather than following it up with something not-as-cool," says Heller. "We made some great memories off of this experience, maybe that’s good enough."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Separate Ways': Bored family re-creates Journey's classic music video