Behind the Music

North Carolina / March 27, 2012 / by Chris
Behind the Music

When I’m not behind the camera, experiencing new places, or writing super awesome blog posts, I am usually composing music. And that music, more often than not, is for one of our profile pieces. As I see it, the primary purpose of the music is to help convey and enhance the mood and message of whatever story we are sharing; but when possible, I like to put in a little extra something to connect the music to the subject in some way, even if that connection is not always clear. Over the next few Tuesday blog posts, I’m going to take a bit of time and share some of the thoughts behind the music you hear each week in our profile pieces.  

Knitting Behind Bars – This was our first piece on the road, and my first experience recording on a school bus. I remember feeling pretty bad having to kick the others off the bus to record the guitar parts – it turns out we have some rather loud people on Stanley! While only part of the music I composed ended up being usable, it really was not too bad considering we were all still figuring out exactly how Bus life was going to work.

Three Guys With Notes – I can take no credit for the soundtrack to this, as it was written by the amazing musicians in Three Guys with Notes. You won’t hear the music from this one on a CD – we recorded it live during their concert. If you want to hear some of the music from their first CD, check out our first webisode.

S.P.E.E.E.D. – As you may have read, we got to experience a service honoring the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while we were with team S.P.E.E.E.D.. It was a powerful service with a lot of emotion and, as you might expect, some wonderful music. Since the events S.P.E.E.E.D. organized that day were very much tied to the service, I wanted the music to be tied in some way to the amazing music we heard in the church. I used the melody of the final hymn, “We Shall Overcome,” as the bass line for the music, with a guitar and flute part built on top of that foundation. My hope was not to try to ‘take’ this powerful song and its history for my own purposes, but to show musically how the work S.P.E.E.E.D. is doing is building on the principles of the Civil Rights Movement, and acknowledge the way these young entrepreneurs are constantly overcoming the challenges set in their path in order to achieve their dreams.

Check back next week for more looks inside my crazy, music-filled head.