Free Music Fridays: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am By Kathryn Bostic

Kathryn Bostic | Lakeshore Records
Kathryn Bostic | Lakeshore Records

This week, we celebrate Kathryn Bostic and her score to Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am!  Kathryn had quite the year in 2019: her song, “High Above The Water” was Oscar shortlisted for Best Song; she won Outstanding Original Score For An Independent Film at the Society of Composers & Lyricists ceremony, and she holds the distinction of being the first African American female score composer to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 2019!  

An animated opening collage of Morrison images by artist Mickalene Thomas is also superb. So is the score — with its memorable use of fiddle, violin and upright bass — by Kathryn Bostic. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

Here she’s building a tippy-toe bass line, moody motifs, aching laments—plus a  final vocal/piano/keyboards Bostic original, High Above the Water, boasting the kind of gospel stride and soul windows that organist Shirley Scott once splashed around. – Kurt Brokaw, The Independent

Need we say more?  So, with pleasure, Lakeshore Records wants to spotlight her as a woman composer and feature he acclaimed Toni Morrison score once again by offering fans some free digital downloads.  The first 100 people to email with subject line, “Toni Morrison” will get a free download code to the album!  Hurry: first come, first served or through Thursday, July 23 at 12 noon PDT (while supplies last).   

If you’re one of the lucky recipients of a free album download, don’t forget to let us know what you love about Kathryn’s score!


Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Kathryn Bostic

01. Toni Morrison Main Title
02. Morning Writer Craf
03. Melting Pot Lorain
04. Mexico Story
05. Gottlieb History
06. Howard
07. Editor versus Writer
08. Toni Editor Mission
09. It Takes a Village
10. Great Grandmother
11. Ali Gender Game
12. Stereotyping Black Writers
13. Inner Life
14. Pilate Ancestors
15. High Above the Water – End Title


Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the film was described as “2019’s Must-See Documentary” by The Independent.   Here’s your chance to watch this award-winning documentary, and if you’re a Hulu member, it’s currently available for free!

Magnolia Pictures presents TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM, available now on VOD.  Watch it on Hulu.

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