Last summer I was riding my bike near my home in East Van when suddenly my chain popped off and I wobbled out of control only to eventually slip on a patch of wet leaves and go tumbling forward. Hitting the pavement hard, I had broken my left elbow. Leaving only the use of my right hand, it was going to be a while before I could play the clarinet again, so I turned to the piano as an outlet.
I wrote this melody with my right hand as an exercise in JS Bach style writing. What resulted was a really fun bass line! I had an unused drum track my friend Will had recorded for me out at McGill, of this awesome drummer Mike Ardagh. I put the two parts together and it started to sound like a song.
It was just so peppy, and it made me really happy when I was working on it. As is often the case, creativity can be incredibly therapeutic; song writing is a lot like being your very own pharmacist. I added some smooth yet crunchy piano and a melody that is oddly reminiscent of the original Degrassi High theme, but definitely not close enough for a law suit. It’s feel good music, plain and simple.
released July 13, 2016
Composed and performed by Sam Davidson
Mike Ardagh, drums
Rhythm capture by Will Howie
Mastered by Will Howie