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now that Chandler’s new CD “After She Left” has been released, we’re taking down most of the outtakes we posted before it was released, but due to popular demand, we’re keeping this one around – written by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne, from “Peter Pan” – recorded by Chris Blood at Trout Towers Casino. Dedicated to Bud Dunsford with much love indeed from all of us at the ward, and a tip o’ the hat to ol’ Michael Jackson, too.

This one was suggested at some point by Keith Spring, who plays piano on this version, and it’s a song that has always been very close to my heart, and one that I absolutely love singing. It also is involved with one of my very earliest memories, which is of defacing some of my parents records with a pencil when I was very young, maybe 2 or 3. Vinyl records were my first passion, and I think would’ve been even if they had nothing to do with music; I loved the sight, the texture, the smell, the jackets, and everything about them. And the original Broadway stage version of “Peter Pan” with Mary Martin was the first in a long series of musicals over the years that took our family hostage -still hope I get to write one, one of these days!

Out of all of the outtakes, this is the one I was most ambivalent about losing. It would’ve been the only track on the album that was recorded almost entirely live (Ken Field’s sax solo was the only overdub), in one take, and it’s easily the vocal I am proudest of; I also particularly dig Keith’s dreamy intro and outro. In the end, I cut it to keep the album as lean as possible, both in terms of length and sentiment, and in the hope we might get a crack at it someday with a real piano!

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from Song of the Weak​!​!​!, track released August 23, 2009
Recorded by Chris Blood at Trout Towers Casino

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Chandler Travis Philharmonic Massachusetts

THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC is a 9-piece technicolor extravaganza from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, mandocello, guitar, keys, drums, accordion, and valet. George Carlin and NRBQ are among their longtime supporters; others include Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Of Montreal, Ween, and yer mother. ... more

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