Happy to be a part of the Tokens Show season opener again. I’ve spent most of the week writing string and harp parts for the show (Jenny & Tyler’s cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “The Sound of Silence,” was especially fun, as was their song “Faint Not”), and am awfully glad to join Host Lee Camp and Music Director Jeff Taylor in putting together this music.
I had fun writing this string quintet arrangement for The Secret Sisters last month. After Lee Camp, host of Tokens, called and asked me to write it, I pulled out my score for Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to puruse over lunch and a little waltz section snuck into the last chorus. Here’s The Secret Sisters performing Tomorrow Will Be Kinder (which was featured on the The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond) for Tokens’ annual Thanksgiving at the Ryman show.
I wrote string arrangements for a couple tracks on Luna’s debut EP earlier this year, and she recently shot a music video at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for one of those songs, Bleed You Dry — fitting, as the song opens with a quote from Moonlight Sonata.
Back in 2007, I wrote a couple string arrangements for Reflections, a record by Will Hedgecock featuring covers of songs by Billy Joel, Elton John, The Temptations, Paul Simon, and others. The other arrangers on the project were Carl Marsh, John Hinchey, and Steve Mauldin.
Will made a music video for the first single from the record, the one original song, for which I wrote the string arrangement.