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U2 – OCTOBER (Cover by KATHLEEN BLACKWELL)

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A dialog between a voice, a fretless bass, and a church organ made in 1791. In a handful of countries, two churches, and two continents.

 

I have been an avid lover of U2 since day one, especially their Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky concert film.

Here is my live, one-take music video of U2 “October” that I recorded stealth in various parts of the world using an Apogee Duet and Shure KSM32.

We recorded this special song during our travels for Project Eléctrico (a Global Recording Project). We recorded live in Tlacolula, Oaxaca, with a 1791 Restored Church Pipe Organ. We recorded in Selvogur, Iceland, my live Vocals in Strandarkirkja Church. The fabulous Tony Levin is on Fretless Bass which he recorded at his studio in the United States.

video by Diego López

Voice and Organ Kathleen Blackwell

Fretless Bass Tony Levin

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Tony Levin

Tony grew up in the suburb of Brookline, starting playing upright bass at 10 years old. In high school he picked up tuba, soloing with the concert band, and started a barbershop quartet. But he primarily played Classical music, attending Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he had the chance to play under Igor Stravinsky and in the Rochester Philharmonic. Also at the school was drummer Steve Gadd, who introduced Tony to jazz and rock, leading to his trading in his upright for a Fender bass, later moving to New York, joining the short-lived band Aha, the Attack of the Green Slime Beast, and becoming a studio musician.

Danny T. Levin – Los Angeles

Danny says he lives music. Performing, composing, arranging, producing, teaching, engineering, songwriting, singing, playing, clapping, stomping, and more. With a have a degree in music composition from UCLA, he’s recorded with Iggy Pop, Snoop Dog, English Beat, Glen Campbell, Rilo, Kiley, Lenka and many others. He’s performed on Austin City Limits, Conan, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, George Lopez and The Tonight Show twice.

Rocket Ritchotte – Los Angeles

Rocket was born in Temple, Texas and grew up in Attleboro, a small town in Massachusetts. His father, a country guitarist going by the name Rick Rayle, had young Rocket appear with him on stage at the Grand Ol’ Opry. Rayle played with many greats from Johnny Cash to Minnie Pearl. Rocket traded in his Mickey Mouse guitar (literally) and started guitar lessons with his father at age 11. Five years later, he was playing clubs all over Boston and Providence (they were a little more lax on ID’s back then).