Teen Musicians Cover Song for Relief Funds

Teen Musicians Cover Song for Relief Funds

Alameda musician Lorenzo Wood, under the band name 2AM in the Basement, recently released a cover of the hit song “Falling,” in collaboration with a virtual orchestra of 11 other teen musicians from around the United States, to raise money for COVID-19 relief. Proceeds from downloads and streams of the song, and views of the video, will benefit a mix of charities that Wood has selected. The song can be downloaded, streamed or viewed at www.lorenzowoodmusic.com/falling.

“Falling” was originally recorded by English singer and songwriter Harry Styles, and released earlier this year.

Wood, 17, initially recorded the song in his home studio with vocals and basic instrumentation of keyboards, guitars and electric bass. But then, after staying in touch online throughout the coronavirus crisis with a number of fellow young musicians all over the country — also graduating high school seniors, who have been accepted into Belmont University, Berklee College of Music, Los Angeles College of Music, and USC Thornton School of Music — he had the idea of accumulating additional parts for the song. 

He wrote arrangements for new instrumentation and emailed sheet music and reference recordings to both his new acquaintances and some old friends.

“I was a little worried about how some of the contributions would sound,” said Wood. “Many of these musicians are stuck at home with their instruments but without any recording equipment. So a lot of them used their phones. Fortunately I was able to process and clean up the sounds just fine. The microphones built into iPhones are actually pretty good.”

Instruments added to the mix include backing vocals, strings, brass, woodwinds and drums/percussion.

Wood is releasing the song “Falling” under his pseudonym, 2AM in the Basement, that he uses for cover songs. (He releases songs he has written under his own name.) Singer and producer Delanie Leclerc of Southeast Florida is a featured vocalist.

The song also comes with a music video. The musicians contributed video recordings of them performing at their homes.

Wood and his collaborators have decided to use this release and its unique circumstances, as a way to raise funds for several COVID-19 relief charities. He will contribute the net proceeds from downloads and streams of the song collected for the first two months after its release to a mix of nonprofits: American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund, Feeding America and Freelancers Relief Fund.

“We are all feeling a bit overwhelmed with staying at home and social distancing,” said Wood. “But my parents helped me understand that what I’m going through is nothing to complain about. The unemployment levels are horrible, and like me, musicians all over the world are having their gigs canceled. And many people who are able to work are putting their lives on the line every day.”

Musicians are especially impacted by the societal changes due to the coronavirus, as many rely on crowds at live performances, which are canceled for the forseeable future. The AGMA relief fund, one of the targeted charities, was chosen out of solidarity with fellow musicians.

For further information, write info@lorenzowoodmusic.com or call (510) 816-7471.