Friday, December 20, 2013

Two songs from "Spark: A Burning Man Story" up for Oscar

The creators behind the independent film, Spark: A Burning Man Story, are proud to announce two original songs that have made the qualifications for the 2014 Oscars.
Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length 2013 motion pictures will contend for nominations in the "Original Song" category for the 86th Oscars, which includes "Let It Go" by Michael Franti and Spearhead and "We Ride" by Missy Higgins.
Watch A Scene From Spark Featuring "We Ride"
Australian songstress Missy Higgins provides the original theme song for the film and soundtrack. Missy worked with the filmmakers to compose "We Ride" for a breakthrough moment in the film which is essentially the heart of the album with its intimate, soulful production. Higgins wrote the lyrics based on her experiences at The Burn: "I've had some incredibly powerful moments riding through dust storms on the Playa, feeling as though I'm 'On the edge of the world, where the light never dies' so my song, 'We Ride' is an attempt to capture the essence of this magical, mind-bending wonderland that is Burning Man. I'm honored for it to be used as part of the soundtrack to Spark.” Grammy Award-Winning artist, writer and producer,Dan Wilson, (Adele, Dixie Chicks) produced the single, and also was an Executive Producer for the soundtrack album together with Film Director Steve Brown.
Watch A Scene From Spark Featuring "Let It Go"
"Let It Go" is another original song written just for the film. As a Burner, Michael Franti writes about how Burning Man helped change his perspective on life: "For me, the burn is about one very large, meaningful thing: the simple act letting go. Releasing what is no longer helping me, in order to clear space for new opportunities, new ways of seeing the world and my own life. That's what the song 'Let It Go' is all about. Spark is not just the story of Burning Man, it is the story of people who share the relentless quest for transformation of themselves, our society and the planet. Sometimes, a lot of the time actually, we stumble and this song is about getting up. I'm grateful to be a part of that journey."
Tune in to the soundtrack on Spotify.

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