Published Dec 16, 2008Do Make Say Think member and Broken Social Scenester Charles Spearin is set to bring a little more happiness into the world this Valentine's Day. Via Arts & Crafts, Spearin will release what he's calling the Happiness Project, an album made up of informal, musically altered interviews he did on the subject of happiness.
After recording conversations with friends and neighbours in downtown Toronto, Spearin began listen back on them, realizing he wasn't only interested in what people said but how they said it.
"It has always been interesting to me how we use sounds to convey concepts," explains Spearin on the Arts & Crafts website. "Normally, we don't pay any attention to the movement of our lips and tongue, and the rising and falling of our voices as we toss our thoughts back and forth, just as we don't pay attention to the curl and swing of the letters we read."
This led him to look for lines where speaking and singing blur, eventually inspiring him to write music that would help bring out the interview subject's "accidental melodies." He then enlisted a few musician pals, such as Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew and Julie Penner, to turn the conversations into songs made of "the melodies of everyday life."
To hear for yourself what this all sounds like, there are some tracks up for grabs on the Happiness Project website. If you'd prefer not to ruin the surprise and get your happiness all in one shot, the record comes out February 14 on CD, LP and as a download.
Here is the tracklisting:
1. "Mrs. Morris"
6. "Mr. Gowrie"
7. "Mrs. Morris (Reprise)"