Beyond the Reef

26 04 2012

Beyond the Reef—Jack Pitman, 1948 (recorded April 26, 2012) I like slow sad songs. Could you tell? I dedicate this in memory of my old cat, Mo, who died during the stretch of time when I was learning the tune, around 13 years ago.

This recording is unusual in that it represents my first and only take. I usually do at least two takes, and often many more, to get a “finished” track. (I put “finished” in scare quotes because, to me, none of these recordings is ever quite good enough. There’s always room for improvement, but I’d never get anything done if I let a case of perfectionism bother me.)

Two of my favorite versions of “BTR” come from Alfred Apaka and Burl Ives.

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