F# (F Sharp) is the note that I need to play most often in my life. That's because on my first cello the F# was a "Wolf Tone" or "Wolf Note"... legend has it that every cello has one, a note that which resonates so dissonantly with the tuning of the instrument that when you go to play it it comes out sounding like a growl, or a hungry cat. Which, frankly, when I was first learning could have been any note. But lo and behold today I am doing this super intensive recording playing one note at a time for a long time and even though the F# Wolf Tone is not pronounced as this instrument as my first cello, my fingers/ear/brain have learned to BELIEVE that it will sound bad. And then it does! How's that for intentionality?

Seeing a film with my music in it for the first time #hellarad #egotrip

Last night joined Shar and Nisha and the whole workings of You Follow to watch the first public screening of their documentary.

The story, of an adopted woman looking for her birth mother in India, is moving, and making a few pieces for it was a really amazing experience. Especially seeing it, and hearing it, all together last night.

One of my favorite moments was running into one of the women interviewed for the film… I created some music to go with her very emotional story about findingĀ her mom, and so I had spent hours watching her face and cue-ing musical moments to her words… It was surreal to see her in person.

Great times, great group of people, makes me realize how much I love the endless energy of Los Angeles.

And makes me realize how very much I want to continue to make music for moving pictures…

Here’s some of the music writ for it…

Canyonlands Guitar Actions

Came across this early version of “You Can Get Far” (video from the album REDWOOD SUMMER here).

And it reminded me of when I recorded it, at Canyonlands National Park, sitting up on a cliff’s edge. As you can hear not a lot is different in the studio version, just perhaps a nicer mic and the absence of the sounds of rocks scraping underneath my shifting weight. And the view I had was incredible.