Today's episode is one of the best in this show's history, a birthday salute to the Scottish-born, Swiss-based musician Gustav Bertha, who was born as wee Gordon Bell 38 years ago today.
Here's what you'll hear today (direct download here):
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R-Three feat. Gustav Bertha, "It's Not"
Gustav Bertha, "Credit Cards and Aeroplanes"
Helen Sventitsky, "The King's Men"
Gustav Bertha, "Yesterday's Man"
On that R-Three track, Gustav plays piano, organ and melodica. Rhett Redelings plays the guitars, bass, ukelele, mellotron flute sample and programmed the drums. Rhett had some issues with finishing the song, and tells this story:
"After I mentioned something about this on my Myspace blog, Gustav Bertha quite simply saved the song by offering to do the piano. I sent him the backing tracks I'd already recorded and he sent back not only a complete piano performance but an organ part and a melodica solo. He made it his priority, worked quickly and did multiple takes until I was happy with what I was hearing. I gave him very little direction and he came back with 3 absolutely brilliant and complimentary performances.
"While it's not my song, 'It's Not' is one of my favorite pieces I've worked on and it simply would not exist without Gustav Bertha's generosity and brilliance."
(Check out Gustav's podcast, Way Past Bedtime, for lots of great music and dry wit. My thanks to Helen and Rhett for making this episode possible. And I have no idea why I say it's 2004 at the start -- maybe my subconscious fleeing to a time before the re-election of George W. Bush?)