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About Sam Larkin: How Will The Final


Sam Larkin: Audio Recording grant application pt 4

How will the final project be different than the submitted audio examples and how will you be able to make this change happen?

There are two audio examples submitted.

The first, “Don’t Wanna Be the One” is a rough mp3 that shows in most basic form, the melody and how the lyrics fit into it. This song will be enhanced with the addition of appropriate instrumentation, possibly vocal harmonies, and the very highest quality recording methods. My vocal will be worlds better, any instrumentalists will be brilliant professionals, and the arrangement will be something so remarkable that any listener will be drawn to play the song again. And many more times thereafter. The finished product that comes from this song will be worlds away from what is submitted here.

The second audio example submitted, “Marie,” was done with rather primitive equipment in barely adequate facilities and came about twenty-four years ago. The miracle is what Bob Wiseman was able to do with what he had to work with in that recording session, as the result has fascinated a great many listeners to this day. I am often asked about the song and told that it is still a favourite that draws people to it for a replay with some regularity. My current material, and Bob Wiseman’s mastery of arrangement and production, guarantee that we will not be making a second “Marie” during this project. We will instead be harvesting from a much older tree, deeper in the woods.

About Sam Larkin: brick through glass

sam-posterSam gave me advice when I was in my early 20s about establishing a career.

“I don’t know what to do Sam, it’s like a fixed game.”

“It’s easy Bob I know what you need to do.”


“You go to 1rst Canadian place and you throw a brick at the entrance, smash the windows. In broad daylight.”

“Smash the windows?”

“The front doors. Exactly. And while they take you away, the police that is, you make sure you explain I’m Bob Wiseman The MUSICIAN!  – you simply insist that that’s who you are. ”

“Uh huh.”

“I’m telling you Bob, make sure you are quoted, always, as MUSICIAN Bob Wiseman every time you speak about what you did, like every single time. And they’ll want to hear you, they’ll want to know what you got, where it is, what it sounds like. Or maybe you say I’m Bob WIseman SONGWRITER… whatever. That’s how you do it.”

“I’m not sure I can do that Sam.”

“It’s very simple Bob.”

“Okay thanks, see you next Week.”

“We’ll read about you in the papers, Bob. Good luck.”

About Sam Larkin: reincarnation

sam-black-and-whiteSam believed in past lives. I never could get my head around that line of thought. He told me when we met in 1982 that I had obviously been playing music in previous lives.

“Are you for real?”

“Oh yes Bob I know it.”

“You know it?”

“I know it.”

“Sorry this is all there is Sam or at least I need to live as though this is all there is.”

“No Bob, couldn’t be that way. ”

“I think it’s just vanity and the fear of dying that makes people believe in that.”

“Nope. The proof is in your playing Bob. There’s no way a person could develop that in one lifetime absolutely no way.”

“Anybody could play the way I play.”

“No Bob, not anybody no way.”

“You remember past lives?”


“Tell me.”

“Doesn’t work that way Bob.”

“Doesn’t work that way?”

“It’s accessible under certain conditions, not in this body at this time.”

“Ok, see you next Wednesday.”