I am right on the edge of the generation that has never had to use a payphone. I remember my freshman year of college I used a payphone to call home occasionally, but after that point a cell phone has always lived withing reaching distance and the university has since removed all the payphones from campus. I would also be willing to bet that the composer of today’s piece has probably never used a payphone, since he is only 18.
Regardless, today we have a brand new cover of Maroon 5‘s “Payphone” performed by the Pikes Peak Youth Ringers and arranged by Matthew Compton. This arrangement groves with a strong bass rhythm section that allows the treble bells to push the song forward. There is also a small chime harmony hidden in the middle of the group that occasionally pops out and add a surprising layer to the piece.
Not too bad for a group of kids who have never used a payphone.
Also, this arrangement is currently unpublished, but Compton is looking for a publisher (hint…hint…)
For those who haven’t heard the original, here is Maroon 5’s “Payphone”
Stay tuned, because tomorrow we are going Disney!