DAY TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FOUR
There is a musician you need to have in your regular musical vernacular. His name is Sam McCormally. He is the voice of Ugly Purple Sweater (who have recently released a beautiful new album). Sam and I have collaborated on the 365 many times, released a song on a Pearl and the Beard EP, and continue to admire and support each other’s work in the real world.
As the 365 is a journal of sorts of my musical life, I would be amiss if I did not include two beautiful pieces written by Sam McCormally (playing guitar and piano) on which he asked me to play cello. He is not only a talented songwriter but scores for film as well. These two compositions I’m posting for you were written for a film he was working on, but, like most film scoring, a piece is bound to not make it into the final score. In this case, one of my favorites that didn’t actually make it into the film was recorded in a stranger’s house earlier this year. I am going to post the first of his two compositions today, as he just sent me the final mixes yesterday afternoon. I hadn’t heard them in months.
He and I played this live together, but the quality of the piano Sam recorded on didn’t quite capture the piece as he had envisioned. However, it still stands as a great testament to Sam’s fine musical ear and talent for tone color.
At the time of this recording, I had been doing so much songwriting and improvising that coming together with another musician to play off of a score was so refreshing. Every kind of activity uses different parts of the brain and body – this was muscle memory I had been neglecting. I miss collaborating musically over a score in this way (like a classical trio or quartet might do) and working with Sam in this way was especially rewarding.
Walk With Me #1 (Piano & Cello)
Written by Sam McCormally
Sam McCormally, piano
Emily Hope Price, cello