“Interlude” – A new kitchen table video

Jodie and I have done a new kitchen table recording, “Interlude”.

It’s the result of asking our Facebook friends for a list of suggestions for a weekend recording challenge (thanks Bill Reddy), then a surprisingly hectic period transcribing, arranging an a capella version, and singing it in. We chose this one because neither of us had heard it before.

This song is strongly harmonically driven, which is a challenge when you’ve got two voices to work with. There are a bunch of things you can do in this situation (lower voice sings bass line is one we often use), but Jodie chose to use herself singing supporting voice singing arpeggios for this arrangement. Interlude is actually in a A-B-A form, and the arpeggios are used in the A section. Jodie did all the tough work here, transcribing the harmony from the Morrissey and Siousxie video, then using that as the framework for her arpeggiating. For the B section we more or less jammed homophonic harmony.

For the A section, she also did something fun with the words. The film clip for the Morrissey and Siousxie version is from a movie “Dancing with a Stranger”. She found the lyrics to the eponymous theme song from that movie, and used the first two stanzas as her libretto:

Would you dance with a stranger,
On a night made for love?
Would you dance with a stranger
‘Neath the starlight above?

And in the shadows
Far away from the crowd
In one sweet moment
Would a kiss be allowed?

This song was referred to us via the recording of Morrissey and Siousxie, but as far as I can determine, the music is by Georges Delarue, lyrics by Hal Sharper, sung by Timi Yuro originally for a movie of the same name. Having just heard the original, I’m actually a bit unimpressed by the lack of inspiration in the Morrissey & Siousxie version.

“Interlude” – A new kitchen table video

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