What Exactly Was A Payphone?

Posted By Derek Nance on Jul 2, 2013 | 1 comment


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Also, this arrangement is currently unpublished, but Compton is looking for a publisher (hint…hint…)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!

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