Please Leave A Light On When You Go

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Notes from Producer Jamie Webber:

One of the aspects of Beck's Song Reader project that I find most interesting is its collision of old-fashioned and forward-looking ideas. In publishing a song-book he taps into the nostalgia of musical traditions that have fallen from prominence as well as the tendency felt by many people today to want to return to simpler and slower ways of living. At the same time, the song-book works as a perfect seed-crystal for individual expression and has much in common with the endless variations of simple memes in internet culture.

In the track Please Leave a Light On When You Go, we attempt to express this tension through the intrusion of noisy sounds and grains onto a trio of instruments that could be heard animating many family homes in the heyday of the songbook. There is a crackling and tingling - is it the popping of an old record? Is it a virus? Is it the light of the title? The comfortable flow of the meters is stretched and distorted in ways unheard of even a hundred years ago, and yet the music is still the same music. Humans are still humans and we still sometimes need the light to be kept on for us.

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from McGill Beck Project, released November 5, 2013
Composer: Beck Hansen
Arranger: Jamie Webber
Producers: Jamie Webber and Kaitlyn Raitz
Engineers: Charles-Etienne Doucet and Jordan Strum

Glockenspiel: Bryn Lutek
Toy Piano: Jamie Webber
Cello: Kaitlyn Raitz
Vocals: Thanya Iyer
Piano: Julian Gammon

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Having released 12 albums, Beck Hansen took a new approach to his newly released album Song Reader and all the songs were released in sheet music so that musicians may create their own interpretation of all the songs. The Beck Project creates an environment in which students can collaborate and share your musical through innovative and creative means. ... more

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