Singer-songwriter Ben Smith who just yesterday contributed this holiday song to the WXPN 12 Days of Local Christmas compilation, finds his musical inspiration from a variety of sources. One of those is old sheet music. Smith is a collector of sheet music, and when he heard about Beck’s recent Song Reader project, he decided to take part in it.
Song Reader is Beck’s new album, sort of. It is an exquisitely packaged collection of twenty new songs “existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded.” Let’s just say it had Ben Smith’s name written all over it.
As part of the release of the project, Beck has been posting videos of musicians performing songs from Song Reader. You can watch the performances here. Smith couldn’t resist contributing; you can watch him perform “Last Night You Were A Dream” below and on the Song Reader site. We reached out to Ben via e-mail to reflect on Beck’s project, how it relates to his creative process and why he chose the song he chose to perform. Continue reading →