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Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

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Patrick VW vocals
Pierre Grill piano, bass, drums
Gary Halopoff - trumpet
Emmett Mahoney guitar
Recorded by Pierre Grill, Patrick VW
Mixed by Patrick VW

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Brother Can You Spare A Dime

This is another one of those great old songs that Ive heard my whole life.

My favorite version was done by The Hot Club of Hulaville a few years back. I was recording one of their concerts and they did a terrific version. I knew I had to sing it after I heard them do it. This is not the first song Ive stolen from them, and probably not the last. Sonny Silva picks great songs and players and has been a huge inspiration to me to play this type of music.

I had always loved the old stuff and it has been a joy to work and play with other musicians who really love these classics too.

I went into Pierre Grills studio and we did a piano and vocal version and built on it. It felt right. We added bass and drums and then I brought it back to L.A. and added Gary Halopoff on muted trumpet and it just felt right. We added Emmett Mahoney on acoustic guitar and it was done.

When I mixed it I added the megaphone sound which really took it back to the 1920s. I also did a few goofy, contemporary ad libs at the end. Youll have to listen to find out.

A number of people have told me that this song is so appropriate for now given the economic conditions of the country. The song was written in the middle of the great depression of the 1930s and it was a huge hit for Bing Crosby. Maybe I can get a hit for Bing VW.

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