Will Foote



The Push Farther Project
Documentary Singer/Songwriter
Rockport, Maine
 
Songs:

  • Where My Eyes Should Go
  • Could Be Good, Could Be Bad
  • Under the Water
  • That Was the Past
  • Girl Situation
  • Leaving This Place
  • The Wolf
  • Meaghan Oh Meaghan
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    Will Foote began singing at age eight. He sang from the time he awoke each morning, all during showering, and even while eating breakfast. He took guitar lessons and played and sang, unaware that fellow students would sit outside the door and listen to his voice.
     

     
    He chose to attend college at St. Lawrence University and was invited to solo in three ensembles. As a sociology major and back-country trail guide, he began reflecting on his experiences and composing songs that expressed emotions in a direct, plain-spoken way.
     
    In 2014, Alex Wilder heard Will’s voice on a recording and invited him to join him in the Push Farther Project.
     
    In December 2015, Will collaborated on a song to document a World War II veteran’s experience as a prisoner in a Japanese prison camp.
     
    In April 2016, with fellow songwriter Chloë Isis, he conducted the first-ever live documentary songwriting session on radio.
     

     
    After graduating from St. Lawrence University in the spring of 2017, Will has been writing, arranging, recording, and producing documentary songs with Alex and Malcolm at Beauchamp Point Studios.
    Their recent goal has been to write, arrange, record, mix, and produce a song a week. Throughout the summer of 2017, they have been meeting their song-a-week goal, and posting the songs on the website.
     
     


    Push Farther

    For Will Foote, the farms, the rivers, and even the churches of upstate New York call to him to test his limits, but no matter how far he pushes himself, something tells him he still has more to go.
     

     
    Writers:
    Will Foote – Story Source
    Nora Willauer, Malcolm Brooks, Alex Wilder – Musical Sherpas
     
    Recording:
    Will Foote, Alex Wilder – vocals
    Nora Willauer – cello
    Sophie Davis and Josie Davis – violins
     
    Film Credits:
    Dana Rae Warren and Alex Forcillo – directors and cinematographers
    Malcolm Brooks – editor
     
    One night I climbed a silo
    Climbed a silo to sit on top
    Not many people know about it
    150, pretty steep drop
    Found a picnic table waiting up there
    I saw the stars that night and felt the air
    Push farther, the stars above the silo say
    Push farther, they say
     
    New York hills and farmland
    Remind me of the ocean
    If you go out far enough
    Instead of water, grass in motion
    Hard to get to when you don’t own a car
    On a bike it feels like twice as far
    Push farther, the waves of endless farmland say
    Push farther, they say
     
    The Avenue of the Elms
    Long road and shady ground
    At the end there’s a chapel
    But the steeple has burned down
    One night I went there, in my bare feet
    I saw the moon where the steeple would be
    Push farther, the fires that burned the steeple say
    Push farther, they say
     
    Seven miles of woods and snow
    On cross-country skis
    Hiked an icy hill and saw
    A mansion before me
    Two dogs and a carpenter appeared
    Working there for 17 years
    Push farther, the carpenter and the two dogs say
    Push farther, they say
     
    They call it the Grass River
    One morning I put in
    I canoed through woods and marshes
    For hours on end
    An old man at a cabin said, “Come sit”
    So on his narrow dock, I talked to him
    Push farther, the old man and the river say
    Push farther, they say
     
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