Merritt Gibson found out that she wouldn’t be returning to the University of Virginia to finish her junior year of college, she was devastated. Within three hours of hearing the news, she had written the beautifully poignant and powerful song “Breaking Down.” Expressed in the universal language of a love song, the ballad grapples with the reality of being unexpectedly torn away from the people and things you love.
What makes “Breaking Down” all the more interesting is the ultramodern way in which it was recorded during this time of isolation. After writing the song, Merritt connected with New Orleans-based Grammy-winning producer “Bassy Bob” Brockmann. Despite having never met, the pair crafted a plan to defy the traditional methods of recording using Pro Tools plug-in Source-Connect by Source Elements to record the song collaboratively, remotely, and seamlessly. Through a series of online sessions, Bob was able to connect with Merritt and each musician in real time to create the kind of intimate and interactive recording experience that is usually only achieved with in-studio recordings. The song features a group of musicians that have never met in person, including keyboards by Andrew Yanovski in New Orleans, guitars by Naren Rauch in Los Angeles, background vocals by Maya Solovey in the Berkshires, cello by Dave Eggar in New York, and, of course, Merritt’s vocals from her home outside of Boston.
Merritt will be donating a portion of the proceeds from “Breaking Down” to organizations that support healthcare workers who put their own lives in danger every day to help, serve, and protect others.