Dear Mr. Watterson (Original Film Score)

by We Were Pirates

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DUSTWEST This album will put you in an excellent mood and it really stands on its own from the documentary. The songs pack a high energy that drives the imagination along with robust vibes and inspirational spirits. Favorite track: A Bit of a Troublemaker.
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To say that Mike Boggs is a fan of Calvin & Hobbes would be an understatement. From a young age, the comic strip helped shape his sense of humor, his appreciation for nature, and his general worldview. So naturally, when he learned that film director Joel Schroeder was making a documentary about the strip called 'Dear Mr. Watterson', Boggs jumped at the opportunity to help provide music.

Boggs wrote an email in 2009 letting Schroeder know that he was welcome to use some We Were Pirates tracks in the documentary. Two and a half years later, when the film was nearly finished, Schroeder formally asked Boggs to provide an entirely original score for the film.

Over the course of many months in 2012, Boggs wrote and recorded 14 original, instrumental songs for the film. The songs range from upbeat and jangly to aggressive and anthemic. The album also includes three bonus tracks: an alternate version of 'A Bit of a Troublemaker' that plays during the credits. and the vocal and instrumental versions of 'Don't Forget', a previously written WWP song featured in the film.

When asked about his role scoring the film, Mike Boggs of We Were Pirates, said: “Working on this project was an amazing experience. Being able to draw inspiration from that sense when you’re a kid that anything is possible changed the whole approach to songwriting for me. It was a challenge for sure…but an incredibly fun challenge. Really, being able to create this score has been an honor on a lot of different levels for me.”

We Were Pirates is the musical brainchild of Mike Boggs. Writing and recording songs and compositions in his home studio, Boggs has released three albums. He has also enjoyed commercial success with his music playing on This American Life as well as airing on many television programs, including four songs featured on MTV’s ‘The Real World.’ We Were Pirates’ second full-length record, Change, showcases the mature and aggressive range of Boggs. We Were Pirates reached #41 on the CMJ Top 200 chart for the 2009 release, Cutting Ties, as well as being mentioned on NPR, Wired Magazine and more.

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released April 9, 2013

Mike Boggs: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Keys, Percussion, Miscellaneous.
Kate Rears Burgman: All Cello. Lead Guitar & Bass on "A Bit of a Troublemaker". Bass on "Kill Me (Part Three)" and "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants".
Mixing by Mike Boggs & TJ Lipple.
Mastering by TJ Lipple.

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We Were Pirates Washington, D.C.

We Were Pirates is the musical brainchild of Mike Boggs, a multi-instrumentalist who writes and records songs in his home studio in the DC area.

To date, Boggs has released three We Were Pirates albums & a film score for the Calvin & Hobbes documentary ‘Dear Mr. Watterson’ in 2013.

2012's Change is slightly more mature and aggressive than Boggs’ previous works, but with the same WWP catchiness.
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Track Name: Sunday Paper
Instrumental
Track Name: A Boy & His Tiger
Instrumental.
Track Name: A Bit of a Troublemaker
Instrumental
Track Name: Transmogrified
Instrumental.
Track Name: Chagrin Falls
Instrumental.
Track Name: Influence
Instrumental.
Track Name: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Instrumental.
Track Name: The Recluse
Instrumental
Track Name: A Strange Experience
Instrumental.
Track Name: The Cheapening
Instrumental.
Track Name: A Shot Across the Bow
Instrumental.
Track Name: Into Thin Air
Instrumental.
Track Name: A Clean Start
Instrumental.
Track Name: Kill Me (Part Three)
Instrumental.
Track Name: Don't Forget (Instrumental) *Bonus Track
Instrumental.
Track Name: Don't Forget (Vocal) *Bonus Track
When you want to go. You’ve got to get away. You ought to go where its nice and warm every day. No one nags you there. No one asks you why you’ve disappointed them again with all your lies. Don’t forget. Don’t forget me when I’m gone. When I close my eyes I call feel the breeze. I don’t know why I’m here. This life is just such a tease. Don’t forget. Don’t forget me when I’m gone.