Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Harry Kalas & Marah
Back in September of 2006 I interviewed Dave Bielanko of Marah, and for my last question in the interview (as suggested by my friend Dan), I asked how the band managed to get Harry Kalas to record the introduction to their track "Rain Delay." The excerpt is below, and the full interview is here. You'll be missed, Harry...
JC: So how'd you get Harry Kalas (the distinctively-voiced Philadelphia Phillies announcer) to record the introduction on Marah's track, "Rain Delay?"
DB: It was a friend of a friend who was taking photographs for the record. He worked as a sports photographer for either the Vet [Veteran's Stadium] or the Phillies. He knew him [Harry Kalas] well enough to know that he'd have a whiskey after work at the bar and play games with his voice, and have a sense of humor about it, because his voice is incredible...But we met him [Harry Kalas] and he's totally cool. We had written several things, and then we picked one. We were like, "Could you read this?" He did it in one take. It was beautiful, and we just high-fived and went our separate ways.