I’ve finally recorded my first cover tune. The obvious choice of course “bei mir bist du schon” by Composer Sholom Secunda & lyricist Jacob Jacobs. (Come on now, the obvious choice was a little funny no?) This tune was made famous by the great Ella Fitzgerald with Benny Goodman & the Andrew Sisters in the early 1940’s. I cannot explain why the song had such an effect on me. I was downloading big band tunes, which I’ve always loved. I came across this song. I didn’t know what to make of it. It was “otherworldly” I listened to Andrew Sisters version first, then learned more about the song and the story behind. It felt like history reached right thru time and grabbed me by the neck. When I say I had a vision, I really did. It was bizarre, I heard it in my head with acoustic guitars and a “lone violin” I called producer & engineer Paul Kronk at the Power Station that I had recently worked with and ran the idea past him, knowing that he was usually pretty supportive of new ideas & out of left field concepts. He told me he thought I’d taken leave of my senses, (as nicely as he could of course)
But I was on a mission, & wouldn’t let it go. Paul being the open minded soul that he is, appeased me and arranged for me to meet with violinist Brian Purwin who listened to the Andrew Sisters version of the song and then heard my idea for song. He had a look of confusion on his face that I can’t quite put into words. Then we started to play. It’s nice to be right.
Take a listen