Ball of Wax 31 Originals: Norman Baker – Telegrams from Paradise

[Ball of Wax 31, as previously announced, will feature 15 local songwriters and bands all covering each other’s songs. Between now and the release show on March 9th, I will share the originals with you to provide a little background, and perhaps a deeper appreciation of the CD and show. (Which is March 9th. Did I mention that? March 9th. Columbia City Theater.) We’re posting the cover versions on Bandcamp, where you can pre-order the CD now.]

If Norman Baker lets his playful side shine on his cover of “I Loved John” by Virgin of the Birds, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Caitlin Sherman selected a much more serious song of his to interpret. As I listen to Norman’s original now, having listened to Caitlin’s version more of late, it almost seems as though he wrote it for her to play. His simple acoustic/steel guitar/brushed drums arrangement, along with his baritone voice at the bottom of its range, translates perfectly to Caitlin’s solo piano and delightfully husky alto.

Norman Baker – Telegrams from Paradise

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