Friday May 31,
was on vacation in Maine a few years ago listening to WERU,
a radio station that broadcasts from Blue Hill. They usually play
great music, so when we're up there we tune in whenever we get a
chance. On one particular day they played a song that I had never
heard before and really enjoyed. Annoyingly, they didn't identify it
at the end of the set, but I liked it enough to call the station and
ask them what it was. The nice lady that answered said it was
"Soft Serve" by a band called Soul Coughing.
never heard of the band, but as soon as I got back to New York I went
out and bought the album, Irresistible Bliss. I was blown away
by the music and listened to it obsessively. As soon as I saw Jon I
told him he had to check out this amazing band -- and coincidentally he, too, had just
bought the CD and loved it. I soon found out that they had also
released an earlier album, Ruby Vroom, which I also bought and
played constantly (really loud). When El Oso, their most recent
and final CD, was released I was ecstatic -- more Soul Coughing!
post-production on our second feature, Cherry,
I was determined to put a Soul Coughing song in the film. I found a
great place for "Disseminated," a cut from Irresistible
Bliss. In a rare moment of disagreement, though, Jon didn't like
it for the scene, so we used a Robert Cray song, "I got
Loaded," instead, a song that
we agreed worked really well.
couple of years later, during production on EvenHand, Bill
Dawes and I got talking on the set one day about music for the
film and he mentioned that he was friends with Mike
Doughty, the lead singer/songwriter from Soul Coughing and
wouldn't it be cool if we got him to write some music for the film. I
told Bill what a huge fan of Soul Coughing I am and he said he would
arrange a meeting.
we were back in New York, Mike Doughty came to Cypress and we chatted
a bit about EvenHand and his music. I showed him an early cut
of the film and he liked it enough to agree to write a song. Not long
after, he delivered "Sweet Francis," the first of a total of
four songs he would eventually write for EvenHand.
you're a fan of Soul Coughing, you're going to love Doughty's songs in
the film. They capture the mood and tone perfectly. "Sweet
Francis" works great as Francis' theme song; "You Can't be a
Friend to Everyone" is all about Morning; "Green Hotel"
plays over a scene of Toby running away and "Get Along" adds
great texture to the relationship between the two cops (Francis and
Morning) and is reprised for the end credits.
- Joseph Pierson
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