This last Saturday I got to sing a cool new arrangement of Within You Without you for 1,000+ people at the UC Theater for UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The Hogan Brothers (3 stellar instrumentalists - yes all brothers) were asked to perform Within You Without You for the show which was honoring the 50th anniversary of this seminal album. So you can imagine how I was both honored and excited that they asked me to sing the vocal part with them on this project.
Colin Hogan developed the arrangement and it was a tough! It mostly sits in a fast 5/4 feel (sometimes 5/8, 7/8 and 6/8) and features a blazing 3 part harmonized soli section in the middle between the vocal part, accordion and saxophone, so I'm guessing that because of my work with MoeTar doing complex material they thought I'd be a good fit. We had never worked together before and this was a good opportunity to do so.
This tune was a challenge to work up for sure. After doing my due diligence with learning my parts and picking apart how I could move around musically in this groove, I was able to dig in deep on the lyrics and message of the song.
Together, me, Colin, Julian & Steve Hogan, along with Charlie Gurke on Sax, delivered an emotional, spiritual and super tightly executed live version of this song at the show. It was a really powerful performance experience for me.
Luckily, in case you didn't make it, we also did a studio recording of the song so I get to share it with you!!!
I hope you enjoy this beautiful arrangement by Colin Hogan and the performance by this strikingly talented quintet.
The power of music was strong in us here ;-)
Love to you!
My next official Patreon video is coming tomorrow morning. I'm off to finish up the editing now. Woot!
- Moorea (and Tar)