The Crossing Breath (RISE)

I have always loved the way that sound and music bring motion pictures to life. Since 2005, I have had the pleasure of working with my good friends at Riot Scene Pictures (Baltimore, MD). I enjoy working on-set-sound, post-production sound, foley and especially composing the score for our projects. We’ve produced feature length films, short films, and released this past year a series called RISE. In future blog entries I will go into more detail on some of the fun behind the scenes aspects of the score. For this entry, I’m going to talk about the closing credits song written for the last episode of season one. 

-Click here to listen out the the full score for RISE on Bandcamp!

I wanted the final thought of the season to be an intimate reflection on death. We seek to comfort our friend who is about to take the mysterious journey to death. No matter what help we offer, we find the crossing breath from life to death is a path we all must take on our own. It’s a beautiful paradox that we experience solitude doing that which unites every living thing. While we approach what we find to be the final steps, we can’t help but remember there is no end to that which is, has been, and always will be - there is no life without death. I could write on that statement for a long time, but I’ll leave it to the masters like Richard Rohr. For now, I hope you enjoy “The Crossing Breath”.

Fare thee well, my fading friend. 
I give you my permission. 
The boatman now awaits your soul, 
do you need a coin to pass? 

No one else can speak for you and all that you have done. 
And I don't know where you'll go. 

Tarry not to take the test. 
You've picked the path before you. 
The final steps compel you now. 
The present has no end. 

No one else can speak for you. 
Your journey's almost done. 
But I don't know where you'll go.