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Scoring CBC’s 18 To Life

December 7, 2009

For the past few months, I’ve been composing music for a new CBC prime-time domestic comedy, 18 To Life. The producers and I decided early on that the music production and performances should not be too slick. I opted for some country-blues inspired music, along with simple jazz-blues riffs and rhythms. I bought or rented a bunch of great instruments for this truly fun project: national steel guitar (also known as a Dobro), harmonicas, a banjo, a late-70s Gibson Les Paul, a kazoo (!), etc. I also rely on software instruments like Spectrasonics’ new Trilian basses, RMX with Cajun and Jazz percussion/drum loops, AcousticsampleS‘ Kawai piano, SAM Symphobia and LASS strings.

Produced by Montreal’s Galafilm, the series will premiere January 4, at 8 pm.

Here are a few examples of my cues:

Close The Blinds

Down Home

Flirting On Bench

Kazoo Boogie

Refugee Hop

The Proposal



  1. Excellent work as usual. This looks like a fun series. I like the playful music and tons of “real” instruments (not that Omnisphere isn’t a real instrument). : >

  2. Thanks Stephen! It’s been a real gas getting back into playing, learning new instruments.

  3. Show looks hilarious.. should be fun to work on. congrats!

  4. Thanks, man! And good luck with your own projects. From your website, it looks like you’re doing some very cool stuff!

  5. Congrats on these great cues Ned, really good banjo playing btw. Great choices of instrumentation as well. Made me discover the Acoustica samples. Tx 🙂

  6. Do you know where I can find a list of songs featured on the show? The scoring is great also

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