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I arrived during the end of the Disco era, yet somehow MECO managed to impact my young, STAR WARS-loving mind during the late 1970s, and somehow, even in 2014, I will admit listening to “Cerrone’s Paradise” (the full, 16-minute version) in it’s entirety if I happen to catch it on SiriusXM’s “Studio 54” channel… which I listen to on occasion between Liquid Metal, Backspin, Outlaw Country and Kid’s Place Live. So what if someone wrote a disco song two decades too late, and then waited another decade plus to release it? Kindie artist MR. HARLEY just may have the answer, with the release of his new single, “I Wrote A Disco Tune (20 Years Too Late).” Listen below…
“‘I Wrote A Disco Tune (20 Years Too Late)’ is my way of paying homage to that great and unfortunately short lived musical genre: Disco. The song was written in 1998 (20 years too late) while I was studying music at the University of Maine at Augusta. I was asked to write a jazz standard using Major Diatonic 7th Chords. The song originally had a swing feel but it was quickly reworked to Disco and a bit of reggae (just because.) I tested the waters by playing the song live with a group I was in, The Perpetual Motion Machine. It quickly became a favorite among our fans and I knew that maybe, just maybe, disco was not entirely dead. Before I recorded it, I studied disco music of the mid to late 70’s from artist like Donna Summers, the Bee Gees, and Gloria Gaynor. I found the disco music cliches and tried to incorporate them in my song to make it as authentic as possible.”Mr. Harley
Stream the track below, and if you dig it, buy it via Bandcamp:
MR. HARLEY will be releasing more new music this year as part of his New Music Monday series. His 2012 album, BLUE SHIRT, is available on Amazon and iTunes now.