Do you like concerts? Do you have a competitive spirit? Are you musically inclined?
Yes? Good. You’ve come to the right place.
This season, we’re excited to partner with Beck, our old friends at McSweeney’s, and the LA Phil to bring Beck’s Song Reader to life. We’re beginning things with a grand show at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on November 24. Better yet, you can finagle yourself an invitation. We’ll tell you how in a moment.
First, a quick word about Song Reader. What’s Song Reader? you ask. Song Reader is a collection of 20 compositions available only as sheet music — all written by Beck, none of it officially recorded. Packaged in fine form by book publisher McSweeney’s, the illustrated set combines Beck’s tunesmithing with endless possibilities for readerly interpretation.
Over the next week, submit your renditions of “Sorry” via YouTube or SoundCloud for a chance to win a trip for two to L.A., complete with a stay at The Standard and tickets to Beck’s Song Reader concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall on November 24. The top 10 submissions with the most likes will be narrowed down to a final winner. (If you need a little inspiration, see what other folks have been doing.)
The concert lineup includes Jack Black, Jon Brion, Jarvis Cocker, Childish Gambino, Jonathan Gold, Juanes, Josh Kun, Jenny Lewis, Roger Manning, Jr., Fred Martin and the Levite Camp, Van Dyke Parks, Randall Poster, John C. Reilly, Moses Sumney, and more—with Beck and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performing under the direction of revered composer/arranger David Campbell, Beck’s father. All will take the stage with either musical interpretations from Beck’s Song Reader, or stories about how their lives have been affected by music.
Start tuning your instruments.