My Buddy music video

My Buddy

My Buddy is featured on the soundtrack for the Mating Season episode of the TV series SHADOWLANDS. The song features vocalists Marc Devigne and Michael Daniel Murphy in the first male duet recording of the classic song that was popular during WWII.

Producer Charlie David, music director Michael Daniel Murphy and singer Marc Devigne share their thoughts below during the recording session for the classic 1922 song ‘My Buddy’ which was recorded at Trouble Maker Studios in Montreal in December 2017.

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CHARLIE DAVID: The Mating Season episode of Shadowlands takes place right after the second World War, so I was looking for music that really evoked that era. So we have some early Rockabilly, but when I came across this song called “My Buddy,” I was really excited. “My Buddy” was originally written in 1922, and it’s been covered by many, many famous artists, from Frank Sinatra, his daughter, Nancy Sinatra, Doris Day, Chet Baker, Bobby Darin, et cetera. 

It’s a very unique song because it’s a love song and yet the term of endearment is “my buddy,” which is kind of a unique term to use from a man to a woman or a woman to a man, so to me there was an immediate gay undertone to it.

MARC DEVIGNE:  It’s actually pretty special. This song is quite special due to the history that it has. I think it kind of had a resurgence in the ’50s but actually was written quite some time before that.

And now to be bringing it back today, it’s kind of interesting, and that’s why we wanted to take this song and, yes, kind of pay homage to the time period when it was first written and when it was relevant, but bring it back, still paying homage to that, but with a bit of a twist and our own maybe current take on it.

CHARLIE DAVID: Michael Daniel Murphy is the music director for the song, and so he’s really pulled together this team of artists and musicians and the engineer to create the song today. To me, it’s so exciting to come into the studio and record music live.

Generally, for music in film and television, we often license tracks from musicians because that’s just a more inexpensive way to do it, but there’s something that’s very magical about bring artists together and creating something live.

MICHAEL DANIEL MURPHY: When we arrived in the studio, I knew we were going to do the piano and the bass together at the same time because they play well together and we thought it would save time, and especially if there’s no metronome or a drum, it’s just nicer to have that kind of feel as a rhythm session of piano and base together, but to have the vocals at the same time today, and together, was a really nice surprise.

I thought it would be more complicated to organize, but actually, our sound engineer Fred, said it would be really straight forward. But I’m glad to have done it because I think it’s going to be hard to go back now and record in other ways because it’s so real. I miss that aspect, actually. That’s what I love about old recordings. There’s life to them, you know.

 I listened to a lot of versions, first of all, and the approach to arranging song is Charlie also sent us an idea of what the scene was about, so that was really important to me, and yeah, I just thought simplicity in terms of even our scheduling, our time.  So we were like, “Okay, let’s simplify.” I play the piano. So let’s do piano. We’ll figure out the arrangement with the voices.

The first time I actually heard this song was Chet Baker playing the trumpet, and I just felt like I wanted something like that … Especially with the war theme, and the romance between these men, or this whole duet aspect, I thought it would be nice to bring a trumpet into it, because I think it really creates kind of a classic vintage feel, but also specific to that era, and it’s a beautiful instrument.

So we used the flugelhorn, piano, and upright bass.  Without having a full percussion ensemble or little drum kit, we’d have a bass to give it some life there, because I think there’s a slow dance that happens at this moment, so we wanted the rhythm to be right for this kind of romantic scene.

CHARLIE DAVID: In terms of the lyrics of the song, they are unique in that this was written in 1922, and we have lines like, “Nights are long since you went away, I think about you all through the day, my buddy.”

To me, hearing those words today, it’s hard to imagine them as not being some type of relationship. Certainly a very special friendship.

MARC DEVIGNE:  Well, strangely enough for me, I had never heard this song, so when I first heard it when Charlie gave me the song to listen to, I thought it was quite clear … I mean possibly, because today listening to these lyrics of a man saying “my buddy,” it came off a bit strange. I remember even getting on the phone with him, and being like, “Was this clear to everyone else?”

It really does sound, again, taking it in our modern day, that it’s words of affection towards someone else. Now, there are a lot of artists that have covered it. Doris Day has covered it. And coming from a woman, it was just a different feel. So it is interesting. I don’t quite know the answer to that, whether some people sang it … Millions and millions of people have heard this song, and whatever way they interpreted it … I’m curious, actually, whether their interpretation was back then as it is now, because I played this song for quite a few people and they were like, “Well, sounds pretty clear to me what it means now.”

But again, back then where possibly being gay and stuff like that was very taboo, and not something you would hear on radio and media and stuff like that, so whether there was an undercurrent of that or whether it just went right over people’s heads and it wasn’t even the message, I’m not quite sure. But the relevance of today I think, for me, when it first hit me, it really sounded quite clear, especially when a man sang it, so, yeah.

CHARLIE DAVID:  “My Buddy” was originally written in 1922, which is almost 100 years ago, so I think it’s pretty cool what we’re doing today, to be in Montreal, in a recording studio, a bunch of artists coming together to bring this story back to life, one more time. I mean, it’s been recorded over and over because it is a classic.

There’s something special about this song that rings true for people, that touches people, and so I can only imagine what the original writers would think if they knew that a century later, in Montreal, a bunch of Canadians have gotten together to record this song for a TV show.   I’m excited to share the history and music with our friends and audience for Shadowlands.

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MY BUDDY lyrics by Gus Kahn music by Walter Donaldson (1922)

Nights are long since you went away
I think about you all through the day
My buddy, my buddy, no buddy quite so true
 
Miss your voice, the touch of your hand
Just long to know that you understand
My buddy, my buddy, your buddy misses you
 
Miss your voice, the touch of your hand
Just long to know that you understand
My buddy, my buddy, your buddy misses you
 

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Shadowlands Pygmalion Revisited

Shadowlands Charlie David & Marc Devigne

My heart is full today.  We just wrapped Shadowlands episode 2 Pygmalion Revisited.  You’ve likely heard athletes, actors or artists talk about being ‘in the zone’ and this whole episode has felt that way.  Perhaps through a mix of focused preparation and a little bit of luck I felt like every day of this shoot my team was in the zone – supporting each other, rooting for each other and contributing creatively to make the best show we could.

Shadowlands miniseries is available on OUTtv and OUTtvGO in Canada and on Vimeo for our friends around the world.

Shadowlands is a book of short stories that I wrote several years back.  For the TV miniseries I selected stories for the initial three episodes – The Hiker, Pygmalion Revisited and Narcissus.  Definitely three very disparate stories but they thematically interweave and all touch on the theme of love.  Negotiating relationships, mourning the loss of a star-crossed love and never having experienced it. 

Shadowlands Charlie David
Charlie David as Rudy in Shadowlands

We filmed episode 2 Pygmalion Revisited first which is the story of an artist who has lost the love of his life and is compelled to paint his lover in an attempt to find communion with him again.  The story was inspired by the Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea in which Pygmalion is a sculpture who creates a statue so beautiful, so life like that he falls in love with it.  The goddess Athena takes pity on him and brings the statue, Galatea to life. 

My take on the classic myth isn’t quite as succinct nor does it result in a happily ever after.  In fact it may be the most tragic piece I’ve written to this point.  Since the first drafts of the short story and then the script I’ve always felt compelled to play the painter.  His words, his love, his losses felt intrinsically mine.  Though I wanted to act again, I’ve also been anxious about it.  It’s been a while since I’ve been in front of the camera and this role has so many challenges.   For instance, the painter is in every scene.  Half of those scenes are just him with no other actors.  How would I bring to life a whole world; a whole life alone on screen?

Shadowlands Marc Devigne & Charlie David
Marc Devigne (Xavier) & Charlie David (Rudy) in Shadowlands episode 2 ‘Pygmalion Revisited’

The answer for me in many ways was in the casting of Marc Devigne as Xavier, the painter’s lover.  Over the course of a month and a half prior to filming we spent time together in rehearsal or discussion and built our collegial acquaintance into a friendship.  Marc is so special.  He is a truly gifted singer, actor and is thoughtful and gracious in both his creative endeavors and everyday life.  In essence he made falling in love easy. 

Shadowlands - Marc Devigne & Charlie David
Shadowlands – Marc Devigne & Charlie David

We filmed all of the scenes for Shadowlands episode 2 when the painter is alone first over the course of four days and though I hadn’t shot with Marc yet, I had all the richness I needed to shape our relationship in my mind because of his generosity of time leading up to the shoot.  I witnessed how he walks on the balls of his feet when excited, the joys of a road trip with him singing the soundtrack, his predilection for flat ginger ale, his dedication to family, how he looks when excited by a phone call and how it’s impossible not to catch his smile when he throws it in your direction.

Shadowlands Marc Devigne
Marc Devigne as Xavier in Shadowlands episode 2 ‘Pygmalion Revisited’

Marc and I got together yesterday to watch the footage from the shoot and make some selections together.  Since this is a story about a relationship, I wanted to continue to share the film making process with him.  Marc has a great instinct and his opinion has been invaluable throughout this journey.  We’re so excited to share the film with you on the film festival circuit and on TV in Spring 2018!

Charlie  

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Shadowlands miniseries is available on OUTtv and OUTtvGO in Canada and on Vimeo for our friends around the world.

If you enjoyed this post about the song My Buddy, explore other chats with cast members of the Shadowlands series.

Marc Devigne (Xavier in episode 3 ‘Pygmalion Revisited’ of the Shadowlands series.

Oscar Moreno (Matteo in episode 2 ‘Mating Season’ of the Shadowlands gay series)

Sean C. Dwyer (Alex in episode 1 ‘Narcissus’ of the Shadowlands miniseries)

Nicolas James Wilson (Will in episode 2 ‘Mating Season’ of the Shadowlands gay series)

Vasilios Filippakis (Daniel in episode 2 ‘Mating Season’ of Shadowlands)

Brian Woodford (Drew in episode 1 ‘Narcissus’ of Shadowlands gay series)

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