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A Guy That Cuts Hair (for Jay)

from Short Songs For Patrons III: The Photo Album by Chris Carlier

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This is one of the last tunes I worked on in these sessions. I kept teetering on how to approach it: old school? abstract? film score-esque?

I'm glad I finally settled on this bluegrassy/country feel. Jay is the best barber in town, an all-around solid guy, and a lover of acoustic instruments. In retrospect, I don't see how any other style of music could have fit.

Fun fact: barbering dates back as early as 5000 B.C., in Egypt! My knowledge of Middle Eastern music of that period is pretty limited, however, so this is a little more on the Americana side.

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from Short Songs For Patrons III: The Photo Album, released November 5, 2021

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Chris Carlier regina, Saskatchewan

I make music for doing dishes or walking the dog or riding the bus. Sometimes it sounds like the smell of the ground after it rains in autumn. Sometimes it sounds like a long summer drive with the windows down.


Sometimes I make music for film/TV/games/radio. Sometimes I make music for patrons.

Most of the time I'm drinking coffee.
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