Romeo & Juliet - Radio Caroline 11/Aug/2012 by Clive Cowan published on 2012/08/15 17:49:22 +0000 Performance: Clive Cowan; All Instruments & Vocals: Clive Cowan; Studio: CCR Recording Studio; This Sound Recording & Arrangement: © C A Cowan 2008 All Rights Reserved; Music & Words: M.Knopfler; Published by: Mercury Music Group / Universal Music Publishing Group [Rondor Music (London) Ltd]; Copyright Approval has been received to upload this version for streaming; Title: Radio Play Romeo & Juliet by Clive Cowan, introduced by Lee Shuttlewood for Radio Caroline 11/Aug/2012; I used to perform an interpretation of Mark Knopfler's 'Romeo & Juliet' but eventually, as happens, it dropped from my repertoire. However, in September 2007 while rehearsing, I spontaneously revisited the song to discover I enjoyed playing it again and shortly after, with a new arrangement, gave it an airing on stage to a very warm welcome. Consequently I decided to record with a view to uploading it for streaming and specifically received the Publisher’s Copyright Permission for this purpose, for which I gratefully thank them! To date, this has not been made available as a purchasable track. My arrangement varies significantly from the 'Dire Straits' original in order to keep the song focused as an acoustic guitar driven piece and add my own flavour. I also play at a slightly slower tempo, use a different tuning to that used by Mark Knopfler (for his 'National' resonator guitar on which he played the characteristic phrases) and have changed the musical key. It was not my intention to add the bass, drums and saxophone but instead to maintain a purely guitar arrangement because I wanted to keep the feel of a solo performance. However, as the recording progressed and different arrangements were tried in the studio, this is what was finally decided upon. I think it adds colour, light and shade contrasting the solo guitar of the verse with the richness and dynamic of the chorus, while still maintaining the desired acoustic feel. I am especially pleased with the saxophone part which brings the song to a close.