“Smoked Meat and the Main”

Barney’s Version was one of several Richler pieces I read and considered. Something in the reflective aspect of this character lent itself well to this format. Sienna nailed the spirit of it,and producer Frank Opolko captured it well at CBC’s studio 12 in Montreal. We triple- tracked the strings on this version, giving a sweeping, filmic effect. Finally, the addition of ace tenorman Chet Doxas brought the tune to a nostalgic pitch.

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