Milwaukee Record is proud to present Public Domain. The video series features Milwaukee musicians setting up at Colectivo’s Prospect Avenue cafe to adapt some of the world’s best-known songs in ways they’ve never been heard before. Watch the entire series here.
The first installment of Public Domain’s 2017 season finds Field Report breaking format somewhat by performing in Colectivo’s front patio. Dwindled down to a two-piece for the occasion, singer-guitarist Christopher Porterfield and upright bass player Barry Paul Clark cover “The Lost Chord.” The 1877 Arthur Sullivan song is said to have been composed when the British musician’s brother, Fred, was on his death bed. The song’s lyrics come from an 1858 poem, “A Lost Chord,” by British poet and feminist Adelaide Anne Procter. Modern covers are limited, but the song was performed as part of a 1912 Metropolitan Museum Of Art benefit for the families of Titanic victims.
The video was shot, recorded, and edited by Cheston Van Huss of Effigy Media. Travis Whitty produced the opening sequence. Public Domain is sponsored by Colectivo Coffee Roasters, Wilson Center Guitar Festival, and Transfer Pizzeria Café.