With the completion of our ‘”Uncovered’ Uncovered” discussion–concerning the piano/vocal “undressing” of October Project songs—it is time to open up the musical wardrobe and play dress-up. Over the next few weeks, we will feature interviews with artists from the “October Project: Covered” album, on which some of OP’s favorite artists and dearest friends custom tailored their own take on an October Project song.
This week, we feature Richard Barone’s cover of “One Dream.”
Covered Spotlight: Richard Barone
Why did you choose the song that you covered? What does it mean to you?
Having performed with October Project, I felt surrounded by their music. Like the Beatles, October Project is perennial. But even with so many great songs to choose from, I gravitated towards “One Dream.” It was a melody that I found singing to myself, so the choice was easy. The music was already in me.
How did you arrange the song to make it your own, fresh song?
At that moment, I was working with electronic sounds, so I let spontaneous process happen. I found myself singing on top of one note, “one note” like “One Dream.” So I sang over one electronically generated note and built the arrangement off of that simplicity. As I added different layers and instruments, I stayed in that track.
What are you doing now?
Quite a bit! On October 30th, I released the “cool blue halo: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Box Set,” a 3-disk set including my original album remastered as well as a new live album. There is also a corresponding film premiere on November 5th at Anthology Film Archives. Please come! (POSTPONED TO DUE HURRICANE SANDY.)
My new single, “Love Is a Wind That Screams” (featuring Garth Hudson) can be heard here.
I was also incredibly excited to produced Pete Seeger’s upcoming album with my collaborator Matthew Billy. That project will launch on November 6th: election day!
Lastly, as a newly appointed professor at NYU, I have been busy preparing my Spring 2013 syllabus.
Who or what are your current inspirations?
I have very eclectic tastes! At age 7, I started as a Radio DJ, so I have lived in a wide range of music ever since. I appreciate individual artistry above all. Students at NYU help keep me in this mentality, exposing me to new pop material every day. Still, I love acoustic and symphonic music, as evidenced in my own work.
That being said, I will name a few current, in-the-moment inspirations: Pete Seeger (especially after producing his album), The Killers, the new P!NK album, and Coldplay.
Who would play you in the ideal movie version of your life, and what would the title of that movie be?
I would love for Jared Leto to play me in a screenplay based on my 2007 book. However, I can’t talk about the title as the project is currently being shopped around in Hollywood!
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Contact J.W. Harvey: James@OctoberProjectMusic.com