When I moved to Boston in 2006, I started listening to NPR on a regular basis and was introduced to This American Life. Since then, when I'm in my car about the town, I'm on an NPR station (WBUR or WGBH); when I'm on tour or long trips, This American Life keeps me company. While I love the news and stories, I'm always especially clued into the music; as a lifelong sound sponge and musician of nearly 20 years, it's hard not to be. Bugging my film producer cousin to use my work or hire me, he suggested I just take something I like and score it in the meantime. Since whenever I'm listening to This American Life I always think, "Damn, my music would sound great here," I decided to take Jordan's advice and score This American Life.
Traveling through years of This American Life episodes and literally hundreds of pieces I've written over the years, I spent months matching melodies to memories. The result is, "Maybe it's better if you hear this in a British accent," the opening line of one of the pieces. Taking clips from stories such as "Switched at Birth," and "Thugs," to one about a duck falling in love with a rock, the process was at all points a dream-like collaboration between me and my favorite radio show.
released 19 December 2012
All music by Daniel Harris.
Clips from episodes of This American Life used without permission.
Special thanks to...
Matt Ross for being my other ears.
Brooke DiLeone for creating the album order and helping with the titles.
Jordan Y. Levine for telling me to just score something.
An extra special thanks to everyone at This American Life for inspiring this project. I hope they enjoy!
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