Do you like Michael Crawford? I hate that guy. His singing is so affected, and that plastic mask he wears over half his face… dude, let it go! Still, I just listened to his vocal on “Since You Stayed Here.” What an awesome song…and the arrangement rocks!
For starters, this song is from a musical, “Brownstone,” I know nothing about, other than the fact that Wickipedia says Josh Rubins wrote the book and lyrics, with help from Andrew Cadiff. Peter Larson composed the music for this production, which centers around a group of folks living in a Manhattan brownstone…I can relate; I walked up five floors to my 83rd St. and Lexington Ave. brownstone apartment for three years, including the one after I’d broken my ankle in six places backing off the catcher in a show biz softball game played behind the Delacort Theater in Central Park in the summer of 1982.
What a gorgeous arrangement. Who ever thought a midi piano/Rhodes pad would sit at the center of such a lush track? I know; Nelson Riddle would have jumped on this sonic combo, had it been available back in the day.
Then there’s the reverb; a gorgeous room enfolds the orchestra, and it sounds like a lesser amount of the reverb send is directed towards Mr. Crawford himself… the ambience, in aggregate, sounds great, doesn’t it?
Ah, the oboe… a perfect complement to the vocal. And who said Michael Crawford had a deficiency. Man, this guy sounds terrific!