Yesterday afternoon, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Mr. John Eaton, the erudite and consummate jazz revivalist/expert interpreter of the American Popular Song catalogue. In an effort to strengthen video content available on Wolf Trap's members-only website (My Wolf Trap), I have started working with our development team to produce occasional artist interviews designed to give viewers a further glimpse into our artist's creative process. Thus far, it's been an absolute blast, having had the opportunity to speak with singer/songwriter Luke Brindley, NSO conductor Emil de Cou, and of course, John Eaton.
My experience with John was a huge treat, as we delved into a one-on-one discussion about his wide variety of musical influences, his American Popular Song recording series, all of which are recorded here at Wolf Trap, his take on the "Fabulous Fifties", and why he stays away from commenting on contemporary popular music.
John returns to The Barns on November 28 for another masterful installment of his yearly American Popular Song series with Where it All Began—The Glorious Songs of Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern. And what a sweet man he is, even going as far to compliment me on my interviewing style once we had wrapped. The raw footage looks good on the camera, and hope to have the piece edited and finalized within a couple weeks. It will hit our members-only site first, followed by an eventual post on YouTube, Facebook, and the blog.
Unfortunately, I’m inhibited by the fact that most of our artists aren’t local, precluding the opportunity to produce a video, but recently came upon a personal call recording software package which I hope to use to record audio interviews with spring Barns artists.