In just two days I’ve come across two collaborations that have been unexpected and pleasantly surprising.
Ben Folds & Nick Hornby
I mentioned back in July that I love Nick Hornby’s book High Fidelity and the Stephen Frears film by the same name. Well, I’ve also read and loved two other Hornby novels, About A Boy and How To Be Good.
Meanwhile, I’ve been a Ben Folds fan since the Ben Folds Five days, and, as a father, I have to mention that his song, Still Fighting It, has moved me and captured my feelings as a parent better than almost any song I’ve ever heard. (Seriously, if you’re a dad, particularly a dad with a son, and you don’t choke up when you watch that video, you might want to check your pulse.)
How wonderful, then, that a year ago Hornby started emailing lyrics to Folds, Folds started writing music for them, and now their collaborative album, Lonely Avenue is due to be released on September 28th.
Here’s the first video from the project:
Eddie Vedder & Johnny Depp
While Depp famously modeled his Captain Jack Sparrow character from Pirates of the Caribbean after the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, I really wasn’t aware of his considerable experience in the music industry as a guitar player.
So, imagine my surprise when I came across a video of Depp and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder (thanks to my friend Leah!) performing a song together.
Here’s Depp with his clearly Richards-esque stage swagger, but he’s also got chops on the guitar, layering some nice arpeggio work over Vedder’s strumming, and picking out a very tasteful solo. Enjoy!