I’ve now embarked on an interesting “hands across the water” project involving Irish songstress and composer Elizabeth Reed (who I produced some years ago), and the great tin whistle virtuoso Davy Spillane ( of Moving Hearts fame).
It’s quite literally an Atlantic crossing; assembling tracks here in Nashville studios using great players with Celtic music connections ( Pat McInerney, Ron DeLaVega and John Mock) to adorn Elizabeth’s vocals and compositions, performed initially to my keyboard accompaniments. Then, due to the wonders of modern technology, my stalwart engineer/mixer Joe Funderburk wafts them off in the ether to Dublin, where Davy weaves his magic before returning his contributions by the same method.
We’re well beyond the half way mark, and the results to date have been very satisfying, and not in the least “techie” sounding….it’s all beautifully recorded, and beautifully acoustic….well, I couldn’t resist sneaking a taste of Wurlitzer electric piano in here and there-so shoot me !
We should be done and dusted by mid-August, so we’ll keep everyone posted on future news !
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Although Joe Cocker co-wrote many songs, mostly with long-time keyboard cohort Chris Stainton, it was his interpretive skills that, rightly, took him to the heights. Despite his ramshackle manner, he was a deeply informed student of song, as evidenced by his extremely wide range of source material, which covered most of the bases of popular and also eclectic songwriting.
His signature songs, ” A Little Help From My Friends” and “You Are So Beautiful” by Lennon & McCartney and Billy Preston, respectively, are among the best-known cover songs in modern musical history, and along with his duet with Jennifer Warnes, the ubiquitous “Up Where We Belong” (Will Jennings, Jack Nitzche, Buffy Saint Marie ), are probably the most recognizable pillars of his reputation, but in his long career, there were so many writers who benefited from his way with a song.
Up front about his adoration for Ray Charles, he was visibly moved on a TV program when Ray complemented him on being a star pupil ” He may have begun taking it from me, but what you hear now is all Joe Cocker-it’s his soul you’re hearin’ “.
He inhabited a song as completely as did Ray Charles, which is as fitting a tribute as he would ever have wanted, being the humble man he was.
A suggestion to any Bacharach freaks out there : take ” Isley meets Bacharach” and the fabulous Costello / Bacharach collaboration :
Start with track 1.of Isley, then play track 1 of Costello. Go through both albums in that order, and you will end up with the most glorious example of Bacharach’s art on one disc. I’ve already done it, and it’s sublime…