For the past couple days my girlfriend Meg and I have been rehearsing in my little backyard studio, she on my keyboard, me on guitar, both of us singing under my Japanese lantern lights. We’re preparing the song “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, for my students’ Coffee Shop Jam next month. This is the first time I’ve made music with Meg. It’s exciting and a little scary.
The song’s written by the duo Glen Hansard (also of The Frames), and Marketa Irglova, who perform under the name Swell Season, and who were featured in the wonderful movie Once. “Falling Slowly” won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2007.
I’ve never played like this–just guitar and piano. I’m struck by how well the timbres of the two instruments complement each other. They blend without fighting, even when we’re playing in unison. The piano’s powerful low notes and delicate highs fill out the edges of the sonic spectrum, and I think the guitar adds some nice grit to the middle.
Meg and I are also harmonizing through most of the songs, and I’m loving that too. This must be what great dancers feel.
Here’s a live performance of “Falling Slowly”: