Wanted: John Bartlit, serial killer.
This notorious musician has just KILLED on 13 tracks with innumerable instruments.
I am listening to fresh mixes of the songs for My Cup Of Tea and my mind is being blown.
John on drums, african percussion, latin percussion, vocals, jaw harp, stand-up bass, electric funk bass, banjo, Spike Lee bells and whistles, log drum, glockenspiel, xylophone… oh my.
For instance: on Little Birdie- a simple mountain song he lays down this banjo part. I hadn’t realized it before, but tonight I heard it. It embodies the meaning of the song. On the first and final verse the banjo twitters; it’s the little Birdie’s voice. (Then I hear his bass bowing an Amazing Grace reference I hadn’t heard before.) Finally, on the verse “I’ve a short time for to be here and a long while to be gone” I hear a mi-fa ostanato, like the ticking of a clock. That’s it. That is the point of the whole thing. I was there when everything was recorded, but I could not hear it yet. He knew it all along, and played it without comment, patiently waiting for my ears to catch up. Sneaky bastard.
I am so blessed to be working with this man.
Thank you, John. I love you.