HMWT Episode 3 - Nicholas Roberts "Stand on My Shoulders"

I first saw Nick play at Matt Tonner's birthday party a few years ago.   He was really impressive.  Turns out we have a mutual friend and I ran into him again a few months later at a Halloween party where I introduced myself and we shot the breeze.

 

Shortly afterwards I bought his full length album the "Rest of Our Lives" and ooh boy, it's a good album.  I recognized I think three of the songs from the birthday party show; it's a good sign about the quality of a song when on a first live listen you think "damn that's a good song" and then you immediately know it when you hear it a second time.

 

The songwriting and lyric work on the entire album are top notch.   I ultimately leave it up to the artist to choose what song we do, but in this case I suggested either "Stand on My Shoulders" or "Rest of Our Lives," the former because I thought I could adapt the glockenspiel sounding riff at the beginning easily to the mandolin and the latter because it's my favorite song on the album.   

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We went with "Stand on My Shoulders", and when we rehearsed, he hadn't played it in a while.    I had done my homework and In a reaction that amused me, Nick seemed a little surprised that I pretty much knew the whole song cold.  

 

Recording went pretty easy, I think we only did two takes and we went with the first one.  When Nick was warming up, Mike turned to me and said "Damn, he's got a great voice.  You know how to pick 'em."  Indeed I do, Mike.  Indeed I do.  

 

Nick is a really prolific songwriter, releasing a single a month for over two years.  He's shifted into more electronic-pop songs which are pretty universally excellent and he's had several songs licensed for TV on Netflix and MTV.  Definitely give him a listen.