My own take on the Journey classic.
To me, The Beatles are the greatest of all time. Eleanor Rigby, written by Paul McCartney with the help of some particularly fabulous string arrangements from George Martin, is a brilliant composition. Lyrically it’s a beautifully tragic song about loneliness. A lonely woman and a lonely priest only come together when she passes away - their loneliness may have been avoided had they only known. I think people forget how brilliant this song is because it’s been around so long that they don’t think about it anymore.
I’ve always wanted to do my own version of this song. Having heard a few too many metal or overly dark and heavy rock covers, I thought it might be neat to use horns to replace the strings. My voice is so different than Paul McCartney’s that I feel my version is very different - I’m quite pleased with how it came out. The completion of this one was particularly difficult due to the fact that I moved in February! But it’s done, and it’s here. I hope you enjoy it.
I am not over David Bowie’s passing even though it has been 2 years. Why is the death of a celebrity still on my mind? How does somebody I don’t even know still make me sad when I think about the fact that he’s no longer on this planet? His music and just general oddness has always appealed to me. Playing, recording, and paying homage helps me feel better about it. This will not be my last David Bowie cover.
I met Kate Barret this past year in production of Jesus Christ SuperStar that we were in together. We became fast friends and promptly decided we needed to collaborate on a Queen song. Now, you don’t just cover Queen - nobody does Queen better than Queen. Besides, I personally hate covers that are identifcal to the orginal. I mean… what’s the point of re-doing exactly what’s already been done?!?
So here you have our own unique rendition done as a duet. I had a great time working with Kate who was game for any harmony or over-dub that I threw at her. She brought some hilarious props and a mini lazer light show which really set the tone for the video. I’m also especially proud of the bari sax solo which - let me tell you - that keyboard solo in the original is impossibly fast. Especially for a guy whose saxophone skills topped out in highschool band. Still, I always have a fun time playing horn parts. This is my first foray into playing an actual solo on the bari sax!
My family’s Christmas card isn’t usually an actual card. Instead Margie and I like to record a Christmas song and make a video. This year we went with Lo How A Rose Ere Blooming - a slightly lesser known song, but still a classic!
My son Malcolm makes his film debut and steals the show.