VIDEO PREMIERE: Sammi Palinkas - 'Don't Blink'

12 October 2023 | 10:49 am | Mary Varvaris

"When writing 'Don’t Blink', Rod McCormack and I wanted to create something positive and memorable to listen to, but when it counts, really makes you think."

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Melbourne-based singer Sammi Palinkas has released the kind of song any adult could relate to, Don’t Blink – she doesn’t want to miss a moment growing up, and neither do you.

“Don’t want to be left wondering,” she sings as time flies; tomorrow is a new yesterday, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Would you ask the busiest person you know if they could slow down? Sammi Palinkas might just inspire the busiest of individuals to take some time out and remember the important things in life.

The music video, which Countrytown is proudly premiering today, was shot by Duncan Toombs at The Filmery on the Central Coast in New South Wales, with stunning locations including Long Jetty, Remembrance Drive, Wamberal, and around The Skillion. You can watch the music video below.

Palinkas co-wrote Don’t Blink with acclaimed producer Rod McCormack (Paul Kelly, The Wolfe Brothers, Lee Kernaghan) – the pair are hard at work on her debut album – and immediately fell in love with its uplifting message.

“Rod brought this idea into our write, and I instantly connected with it,” Palinkas commented in a press release. “I had just been retrenched in a restructure at an organisation I had worked at for nearly ten years, and the period of reflection that came afterwards was invaluable. I had worked hard, long hours, and had been stressed out for a long time.

“In my last week, a friend reminded me that ‘no one was going to stand up at my funeral and say Sammi did a great job at the company I was working for. They were going to talk about my legacy’. At that moment, I realised as much as working hard was personally rewarding, there were important moments I’d sacrificed because I had put work first, furthermore time and experiences that I couldn’t get back.”

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Palinkas continued, “Rod and I wanted to write Don’t Blink as a gentle reminder to listen to the advice and experience of those around you because life flies by when we get caught up in the day-to-day, and it can all be over much sooner than we realise.

Cody Johnson’s Til You Can’t is a song both Rod and I love. It has such an uplifting feel that draws you in and then delivers a hook and a message that really makes you think – it’s almost bittersweet against the general feeling of the song. When writing Don’t Blink, Rod and I wanted to create something positive and memorable to listen to, but when it counts, really makes you think.”