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Our tours this month through the autumn leaves take in just about the whole gamut of places we perform in, adapting every night to a different hall size and acoustic. We made our way to Westerly, Rhode Island for a concert on Wednesday night and came on to Schenectady today. In Westerly we performed in a converted church. Tonight we were in the 2700 seat Proctor's Theater, opened in 1926, one of the fantastically grand theaters of that era which we perform in from time to time.
It takes a lot of community support and love to safeguard them, and we love to see them so well cared for. Exactly this time last year we were in the magnificently restored Fox in Spokane from the same period. The marquees of these theaters were actually the inspiration for the cover of our new album SOMEONE NEW which is selling like hotcakes every night.
A wild combination of composers to record today, We finished Jorge Calandrelli's timelessly elegant arrangement for us of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Chega de saudade," then Tom Wait's "Temptation" arranged by Vince Peterson. "Temptation" was one of the big hits on our 2012-13 program "The Siren's Call". Next Ravel's "Pavane" in a jazz arrangement for us by Laurence Hobgood. This is the first Chanticleer recording with each singer on his own mike. Eric's, which is gold, is a powered ribbon mike, which means it has it's own amplifier
There are a lot of interesting looking boats on the Bay, but you can't really see them for the fog. Up here in Marin County it's sunny and beautiful as usual. We're spending Sunday doing Elbow's "Mirrorball" arranged by Peter Eldridge with a big solo. There are lots of solos on this album;we hope you'll like that. Tonight moving on to "Washing of the Water " by Peter Gabriel arranged by our friend Mason Bates. Part of our desire for this record was to work with many of today's most dynamic arrangers, in combination with some of the most brilliant and established, the latter including Jorge Calandrelli and the late Bill Finegan.