Many of you have no doubt, by now, read Jon Mooalem’s recently published book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America.
Jon’s book was released May 16 and has received glowing reviews since. Here’s a review by MEEHAN CRIST – New York Times.
Well recently Jon has collaborated with an old musician friend and the result is a soundtrack for Wild Ones… Wait! What? A soundtrack? How can a book have a soundtrack?
Jon explains “I’ve known Chris Funk of Black Prairie since 2003, when his other band, the Decemberists, was just starting to take off. By the time I started work on my new book, Wild Ones, in 2010, Chris and several other of the Decemberists had formed Black Prairie. We talked about collaborating somehow—about the band writing a “soundtrack to the book”—though, frankly, I don’t think either of us really knew what that actually meant. (The book is about quixotic human efforts to save the polar bear, the whooping crane, and an obscure butterfly.) As the band members read the book, though, they started sending me ideas for songs based on characters and scenes, and I was amazed at how the music actually recreated some of the moods and emotions I felt while reporting the book—living through those scenes and hanging out with these people. The result is Black Prairie’s extended EP, WILD ONES: A Musical Score for the Things You Might See in Your Head When Your Reflect on Certain Characters and Incidents That You Read About in the Book.
Having read Jon’s book, I decided to see if some of the tracks the Black Prairie tracks were a ‘fit’ – I got cozy with my book, visited this page, and started reading the chapter about the Jefferson County (FL) migration departure, while listening to the track titled (appropriately) ‘Dawn Departure – Jefferson County’ AND. I. LOVED. IT.
Black Prairie and Jon Mooalem will be doing some shows together this summer and fall. They’ve worked up a half-hour composition and will perform it as an opening act for the band’s own, stand-alone set: Jon tell stories from the book while the band live-orchestrates his narration on stage.
Performances will take place in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Washington D.C. Check here for dates and tickets!