The Healing Sessions is one of the final creations from Tom Townsend.
These sessions were born from an immeasurable need for healing after Tom was shot in the face during an attempted carjacking. Instead of hate, Tom took his own medicine — playing the piano.
After multiple surgeries, Tom returned home to recover. Realizing his creative outlets were limited, Tom organized weekly jam sessions with friends and artists. The casual sessions created space for healing only music can do.
Each session is unique and a window into Tom’s love for music and people.
Throughout the session, Tom entertained with jokes and tales of the many Saint Louis venues and their pianos he played. Often, Tom would excitedly rewrite a section of music and be surprised that his way of playing had a little more blues in it. Some recordings took a few hours, while others went long after the cameras and microphones were packed away.
Some artists were past bandmates, students or heroes. By the end, all were friends.
From the eager voice of Demi Davis to the growling rhythms of blues legend Bobby Rush, The Healing Sessions is a collection of music, healing, love and the spirit of Tom Townsend.
What healed Tom now heals us.
The Healing Sessions began as a digital project through web and video. After Tom passed it became clear the project longed for a physical presence. That thought evolved into The Healing Sessions the Record. The record includes all the recorded music, images from the videos and how the project came to life.
I worked hand in hand with writer and director Matthew Boyd Williams on the creation and design of this record which ended up winning a Gold Addy award in 2021.
Back Cover: We took samples of Tom’s handwriting and I replicated it to match as close as possible, including his signature.
Front Cover: Authentic. Honest. Simple. A tad messy. And most importantly not finished. Much like Tom’s creativity. A window into a life I never knew personally.
Inside Pieces: Pictures turned Piano Keys next to an illustration of the place he knew so well and inspired thousands - his living room.
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