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Originally written by Paul McCartney, performed by The Beatles.

Originally I was recording "Blackbird" in an utterly different way, and I still have that version, half-finished and totally not working.

This cut, on the other hand, I recorded in the hanging-out-chatting time after the boys in the band wrapped on another song -- this little ditty sprang up on a whim, without rehearsal, in just a few takes. It came about spontaneously and was accomplished within an hour, in one of those magical musical sessions one is sometimes privileged to be a part of.

I realize changing the meter of a Beatles song is gimmicky, but we were doing it in the spirit of good fun, like working out a puzzle, and in total sincerity -- I think that comes through, and I think it's worth sharing with you guys. Hope you enjoy this little unplanned cover song.

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from Marian Call Sings the Classics, vol. I, released July 28, 2014
Nick Petumenos, guitar
Eric Rodgers, mandolin
Lucy Peckham, recording engineer

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Marian Call Alaska

Marian Call loves making music for you. She sounds a little like Joni Mitchell meets They Might Be Giants & Regina Spektor for bourbon & laughs. She hails from Alaska but can often be found touring North America and Europe, and she lives on Twitter. Her songs are quirky, geeky, eclectic acoustic confections that taste like vanilla-cinnamon-chipotle something. ... more

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