Mrs. Morris (Reprise)
The installation is running at Oz Studios, 134 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, for a few more days. 12-Oct 2pm - 7pm 13-Oct 2pm - 7pm 14-Oct 2pm - 7pm 15-Oct 12pm – 5pm “Mrs. Morris” - description from Crush’s Managing Director Gary Thomas: Mrs. Morris is the purest reflection of what we think “The Happiness Project” is about. Mrs. Morris is an infectiously happy person. Mrs. Morris makes us think about the universality of happiness. The shared experience is what makes us all happy. We wanted to do something that visually reflected that. Our goal was to show that ultimately we all share those quiet chances for happiness that make us human. Everyone who enters and participates, makes a contribution to other people’s happiness. Crush created a space that allows all who enter to be part of the experience by adding their image to our animated projected choir. An accompanying Twitter feed allows us to display all Twitter updates in the world in real time, that include the word “happiness”. This was our second collaboration with Artist Bloc and The Happiness Project. The first was in 2009 at Pop Montreal. Doing these makes us happy. About The Happiness Project by Charles Spearin, founding member of Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think: These are my neighbours. My wife and I have two little kids and live in a multi-cultural neighbourhood in downtown Toronto. In the hot summer months all the kids in the neighbourhood play outside together and everyone is out on their porch enjoying each other’s company, telling stories and sharing thoughts. A year or so ago I began inviting some of them over to the house for a casual interview vaguely centered around the subject of happiness. In some cases we never broached the subject directly but none-the-less my friends began to call it my “Happiness Project”. After each interview I would listen back to the recording for moments that were interesting in both meaning and melody. By meaning I mean the thoughts expressed, by melody I mean the cadence and inflection that give the voice a sing-song quality. It has always been interesting to me how we use sounds to convey concepts. Normally, we don’t pay any attention to the movement of our lips and tounge, and the rising and falling of our voices as we toss our thoughts back and forth to each other. We just talk and listen. The only time we pay attention to these qualities is in song. (Just as when we read we don’t pay attention to the curl and swing of the letters as though they were little drawings.) Meaning seems to be our hunger but we should still try to taste our food. I wanted to see if I could blur the line between speaking and singing - life and art? - and write music based on these accidental melodies. So I had some musician friends play, as close as they could, these neighbourhood melodies on different instruments (Mrs. Morris on the tenor saxophone, Marisa on the harp, my daughter Ondine on the violin, etc.) and then I arranged them as though they were songs. All of the melodies on this album are the melodies of every day life.