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New Politifact theme song features me on bass and drums, Barack Obama on backing vocals

Ericbass Come December, I'll have been a musician for 30 years, starting on drums and progressing to bass guitar about 10 years ago.

But I rarely get a chance to practice my craft outside the practice room, these days. So I was really jazzed when Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact editor Bill Adair allowed me to help with a rerecording of the site's theme song, originally made into a music video by former St. Petersburg Times staffer Adrian Phillips.

I got to play drums in the original video but not the actual song. So it was wonderful to team up with producer Ryan Shields and former Times music critic Tony Green to create a new version of the song -- much more slickly produced -- that I wound up playing bass AND drums on.

Ryan takes the song into the stratosphere with some amazing production work -- including layering in some speech sound bites from President Barack Obama to help acknowledge the site's post-election focus on verifying how many of the 500-plus election trail promises he made are actually being fulfilled.

So click here to download audio of the new tune. And click on the video below to hear the original version, written by a former editor at the Times, Chris Ave.

Who knew all this undiscovered musical talent was chasing news around the Tampa Bay area? *  

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:58pm]


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