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The Prodigious Son
Campbell has two claims to fame: he sings wonderfully, earning high
praise in the cabaret capitol of New York; and his father is the
ragged-throated rock legend Jimmy Barnes. As he prepares for two
nights at the Theatre Royal, he tells us his favourite cabaret songs
(and why) and which of his Dad's songs shake his maracas.
Alexander's Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin. One of the first
popular songs ever written. It can be performed a million different
ways (and probably has), it is always fresh and will never die.
- It Will Always Be You by Don Walker. A new song, I know,
and probably not considered a standard yet, but I think it soon will
be. It is such a good song and Don is one of Australia's best
songwriters. Also I love this song because my father gave it to me.
- Grateful by John Bucchino. A new song from a musical that
is going off-Broadway sometime in the next year. John is a great
friend of mine and this is one of the most uplifting songs I know.
- Someone To Watch Over Me by George and Ira Gershwin. They
don't write songs or melody lines like this anymore. Writers of this
period really know how to write songs about yearning. We don't yearn
- Moon River by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini. An all-time
favourite song of mine. Go and find a really great version and listen
to it with the lights low ... bliss.
Now heres my Dad....
No Second Prize. This song had a huge imnpact on me when
it was first released. I guess I have always lived my life knowing
that there is no second prize since I first heard it.
- Higher and Higher, from the album Soul Deep. I put
this song into my set in New York having no idea that my father would
see the show. Yet when he did I couldn't help calling him up on stage
to sing with me - the first time ever in my life and a memory I will
- Saturday Night (Cold Chisel). Why? Do Do Do, Do Do, Do Do
Do Do Do!
- Stone Cold. I think one of his best songs and so far one
of his best performances of a song. Although I do tend to love most
of his stuff, this just really stands out for me.
- Four Walls (Cold Chisel). One of Chisel's most evocative
songs. Those guys could capture feelings like no other band. I can't
wait to hear what is next for them.
David Campbell, Theatre Royal, tonight and
Sydney Morning Herald Metro, 13