This month on the video blog “Live From Daryl’s House” (hosted by ½ of Hall and Oates: Daryl Hall) retro-soul superstar Mayer Hawthorne jams on several of his original tracks from 2009’s A Strange Arrangement (Stones Throw) at the helm of a star studded backing band that includes Daryl Hall himself, Brooker T. Johnson, and several other talented multi-instrumentalists.
Probably the low point of the episode is Mayer Hawthorne’s google-eyed interview with his monotonous speaking voice, but it does offer some interesting insight into the origins of his project and his hip/hop production roots. All that is forgiven when the instantly recognizable piano riff from Hall and Oates’ classic “You Make My Dreams” kicks in. It goes with out saying the Hawthorne handled the intricacies and playfulness of the song perfectly, but what’s really shocking is how well Daryl Hall’s voice has aged. His timbre sounds natural for a man his age, but it still has a very biting, pop quality to it.
Check out the show here!