In late August I was asked and honored to write some music for an upcoming movie called Dog Years, starring Burt Reynolds. The movie, is in the vein of Alexander Payne’s, Nebraska.
Payne’s films often revolve around middle-aged or older men who reach a breaking point in their lives, enter into transformative existential crises, and then emerge in the end as changed people. There’s also usually dark humor and satirical depictions of contemporary American society.
Dog Years, hopefully, is poise to do well at the Sundance Film Festival. I’m a huge fan of this style of film, so I’m sure I will love this movie.
However, the director ultimately felt my music missed the mark, and he’s moving in a different direction.
Although disappointing, I’m an artist with crystal clear vision, so I respect the director. He’ll no doubt find someone more suitable for his vision.
I was so excited to get the opportunity — that I glossed over a crucial cue that was given to me very early: the music must be unsentimental. I then proceeded to write the most sentimental collection of songs one could imagine. It’s right for something, just not Dog Years.
The title of my “lost score” is An Old Heart. The music is tender, melancholy, and small town American. You can find this song as a high quality free download on SoundCloud.
How to play An Old Heart, by Evan Handyside
This song is relatively easy to play. The section at 0:33 of the video will give some beginner guitar players a bit of trouble, but overall, An Old Heart, is not too difficult.
The guitar tab for An Old Heart is only a single page long, with one long section repeated twice. Please enjoy, the guitar tab is available below.
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