The Lagniappe Sessions :: Reverend Baron

Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.

The Lagniappe Sessions return in 2024, this time stepping into the world of Reverend Baron, the nom de tune of LA based singer-songwriter Daniel Garcia. For this installment of the series, the multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and producer reflects on early ’70s Randy Newman, the title track from British singer-songwriter Labi SIffre’s 1972 LP, Paul Simon’s “Nobody”, via the 1980 film One-Trick Pony, and the enigmatic Lewis Baloue’s “Let’s Fall In Love”. Garcia’s notes on his selections, below.

Reverend Baron :: I’ll Be Home (Randy Newman)

To some, Randy Newman is the Toy Story guy. To me, he’s the Three Amigos guy. It was my favorite movie when I was a kid and I loved the songs in it. I’ve been a fan ever since. I still revisit his first four or five records for ideas and inspiration. This one doesn’t have the irony and humor that a lot of his stuff has. Just good old fashioned earnestness

Reverend Baron :: Crying Laughing Loving Lying (Labi Siffre)

I don’t know much about Labi Siffre but this song has stuck with me since I first heard it. A familiar chord progression, a good melody, pretty decent lyrics, and great production. A simple equation for sticking.

Reverend Baron :: Nobody (Paul Simon)

I don’t think I need to say much about Paul Simon. I like singing this song. The day I recorded this I got a new/old drum machine. Everyone should have one.

Reverend Baron :: Let’s Fall In Love (Lewis Baloue)

A great title, I’m surprised there aren’t hundreds of songs with this title (maybe there are). I’ve covered this live a few times with my band. I recorded it with them for posterity. So here it is.

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