Midfield Mobile Home Park - A Place of the past
It has been nearly 8 months since Midfield Mobile Home Park closed and all 180 residents were finally evicted by The City of Calgary. I wanted to share my own emotional experience, as to how this story impacted me when I was asked to score the film.
Winter scenes at the park appear frequently in the film, and as I now start to see more snow falling outside of my studio, I couldn’t help but think about the residents of Midfield Park who fought hard for many years, who ultimately lost their futile battle to keep their homes and community.
Writing the score for this film started with a conversation I had with Director Laura O’Grady. Laura explained to me just how long the fight of the residents had been to try and keep their homes, and how let down they felt by the City of Calgary. My immediate feelings after I watched the first edit of the film were obviously directed towards the residents, but after playing with some musical ideas, my mind started to shift towards what was in my view, the ‘soul’ of the park itself.
The opening scene to the film gives an insight into how the park once was. I wrote music to connect the viewer to the past - but with some anticipation of what was to come.
Here is the opening music cue:
For me, not only was it devastating to watch these people lose their homes, there was a strong underlining emotion I felt that spoke of how this would soon be the end of the park and all it stood for. No matter how hard the people tried, it was clear that there was nothing they could do to change their fate. Watching the bulldozers tear down their homes, and demolish the community - it felt like I was watching the systematic destruction of a living being that once offered so much life and energy to the residents it served.
The park was home to a community of people and children from diverse backgrounds, and with that diversity came a unique energy and soul within the park. As each family was forced to leave, so the life of the park slowly started to wither away. Its final closure, ironically on Family Day - February 19th 2018, the park took its final breath, and what we are left to witness is the aftermath.
Writing the music for “Eviction Notice” I tried hard to be as respectful as I could, not just to the story and the residents, but to the park itself. For me it was the park that gave these people a place in which to build their community and homes.
Today the park remains empty and lifeless, as it awaits its next chapter. Wherever the previous residents may be now, I would like to send my sincere best wishes to the forgotten community of what was once Midlfield Mobile Home Park.
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