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“To come back with no new record out yet, it was tremendous to see the crowd of people and to get that kind of reception. It was truly heartwarming and unbelievable.”
On their current tour, the Mavericks are performing almost all the songs on “In Time.” The notable exception is “(Call Me) When You Get to Heaven,” an 8-minute epic featuring gospel’s McCrary Sisters.
“I had the arrangements in my head. But I didn’t tell the band what we were going to do,” he said. “I didn’t know we were going to go for eight minutes. That’s all a live performance with the exception of the girls, which we overdubbed the next day.
“One of my favorite pieces is Ravel’s ‘Bolero,’ where it creates the tension by repetition. I wanted it to feel that the more we went, it could fall apart at any moment. We were exhausted after that. Vocally, I couldn’t even talk for an hour after that. I was just done.
“That exasperation where you’ve rubbed yourself raw, you’re just an exposed nerve — that’s what I wanted to have at the end of that song. But in a musical way, the listener goes with you on this ride. It’s a little painful but there is a reward.”
The same could be said of the Mavericks’ journey.
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