Recording Doug’s Original “Levee Worm Blues”

I’m very sad to report that on Monday, September 16, 2014, my musical director and mentor, Doug Gallagher, passed away. Doug was one of the most influential people ever in my life, and I feel proud that I got to record his original song, “Leevee Worm Blues” with him.  –Alec

In January 2013, Sonoma Academy’s musical director, Doug Gallagher, took a group of us on a 10-day trip along the Blues Trail, from New Orleans to Memphis. It was pretty much the trip of a lifetime and you can read all about it here.

Our group at Fats Domino's publishing house in New Orleans

Our group at Fats Domino’s publishing house in New Orleans

On that trip, Doug was inspired to write an original song called “Levee Worm Blues” that we first performed during our Spring 2013 Concert. I always wanted to record it, and I finally got Doug, as well as lead guitarist Jordan Day and bassist Spencer Metela, in the studio today (Northern Lights in Santa Rosa, CA).

I slowed it down a little and added drums, with me on the kit. Doug sang his own backing vocals. Overall, I’m really happy with it and grateful for the experience of having recorded it. Here’s a short video about our session.


Here is an .mp3 of the final, mastered track, now available on iTunes.

Alec Contributes to Original Score for “Metamorphoses”

Alec collaborated with his writing partner, Daniel James, on an original score for the Sonoma Academy production of Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses.” The two worked over the summer to create musical motifs and themes for the ten vignettes, based on the Greek and Roman tales of Ovid, using Pro Tools and Logic, while the musical director, Benjamin Mertz, also worked on the score. In the fall, Alec student-taught the elective class with Benjamin for the ensemble (called an “exploratory” at Sonoma Academy), then both Alec and Daniel joined the ensemble in the final weeks approaching performance. “From the beginning, writing with Daniel, through working with the ensemble, to seeing our music performed live during the play, this has been the most collaborative experience I’ve ever worked on,” says Alec. Following a sold-out run of the play in November 2012, Alec, Daniel and Benjamin intend to record the original score in Spring 2013.