“Together, Apart” was written the day I canceled my March tour, and was the first song I played at my first online concert—in lieu of those dates on the road, I streamed eight nightly shows from my bedroom, gigs that ended up becoming some of my all-time favorites. Honestly, I was floored by the experience and, more so, its tangible sense of solidarity, all of us huddled around our phones, communing through the void. In some ways, it took performing in an empty room to make me realize how much my soul depends on the catharsis and connection of live music.
For me, large-scale crises like the current pandemic cast into much starker relief the ways in which we are all interconnected and how easy it is to forget that or take it for granted. This song was born of impending isolation, as I started thinking about my own search for purpose and community, especially during this new normal of social distancing. To that end, I made a list of some treasured unscripted moments—memories joyful and bittersweet—and those I spent them with, moments I would live again in a heartbeat if I could.
The track was recorded with friends in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin generously lending their talents through homebound sessions and emailed files—a beautiful collectivity despite these collectively lonely days. In this uncertain time, I have never been more grateful for, or in awe of, my friends. Thanks, especially, to Fred and Folkadelphia for conceiving of this project. Honored to be a small part of it. Hope everyone is holding up out there. Sending love and light from Toronto.
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from Co-Mission: An Artist Relief Compilation, Vol. 1
released April 15, 2020
Written & Performed by Jason Anderson
Chris Bloniarz: Harmony vocal and synth pad
Evan Kaspar: Pedal steel
Holly McGarry: Harmony vocal
Max Somerville: Piano
Produced by Thomas Wincek