Monthly Archives: June 2011

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

So, Jolie and I recorded a version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow during one of our evening recording sessions at my place.  Originally, it was supposed to be a submission on Taxi.com.  Unfortunately, the response was they wanted something a little bit more upbeat (think Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s ukulele version).  Our version is slower in tempo and more ponderous.  I guess in my mind I was referencing Eva Cassidy’s amazing version during the composition process.  I felt I’d be happy coming even half as close to the atmosphere created by that seminal recording

We actually had a lot of fun recording the arrangement. It was one of those quick things you do in a half an hour where after taking a step back, you realize you were kind of lucky.  Since the recording was a spur of the moment thing, Jolie kind of just sung along while I experimented with different piano lines.  I took a different approach from some of my other arrangements by making the piano be more of a background component.  Block chords, low registers, empty spacing.  As Professor Simpson used to say, “a bed for the vocals to lie on.”  I wanted to capture all the things I heard in the song: mysteriousness, solemnity, joy, wonder.

The final product is just piano and vocal. It’s simple and uncomplicated.  But when I listen to it, I feel as if there’s soul to the music.

For those who would like the mp3, please visit iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/somewhere-over-rainbow-single/id444783190