이 앨범에서 내가 가장 좋아하는 곡 중에 하나인 OLD CITY BAR이다.
듣자 마자 느낀 점은 감성이 매우 풍부한 보컬이 맘에 든다는 점이었고, 듣고 있으면서 점점 더 빨려드는 흡입력이 대단하다는
생각을 하게 만드는 보컬이다.
그래서, 내가 THOMAS FARESSE를 더 좋아하게 되며, 이름까지도 외우게 되었는지 모르겠다.

일단은 원곡을 먼저 듣는 것이 순서가 아닐까 싶다.
그런 다음에 라이브에서 TSO 공연에서의 보컬만의 느낌을 살려서 부르는 다양한 버전을 감상해보는 것이...

라이브에서 이들의 표현 모습은 마치 뮤지컬의 느낌이 든다.
실제 가사와 비슷한 느낌의 분장을 하고 나와서 읊조리듯이 부르는 멜로디가 가슴을 후벼파는 느낌이랄까~
하지만, FARESSE의 보컬과는 느낌이 조금 다르기도 하다.

그렇다고 이들의 보컬이 못하다는 것은 단연코 아니니까.
이 보컬은 누군지 잘 모르겠다. 물론 찾아보면 찾겠지만...나의 심금을 그다지 심하게 울리지 않은 탓일 수도 있으니까..

하지만, 이 보컬은 뭔가 조금 더 허스키한 보컬이 맘에 든다.
팀 이름은 20년 전부터 알고 있었지만, 실제로 곡을 심도 있게 들어본 적이 없는데,
물론, 이 보컬이 참여한 것은 2004년부터니까...

이 사람은 BART SHATTO이며 BROADWAY 극장의 배우 및 싱어란다.
아마도 이 유튜브 동영상이 첫 번째에 올린 빨간 모자쓴 사람과 동일인물인 것 같다.


In an old city bar
That's never too far
From the places that gather
The dreams that have been
In the safety of night
With it's old neon light
It beckons to strangers
And they always come in

And the snow it was falling
The neon was calling
The music was low
And the night, Christmas Eve
And here was the danger
Even with strangers
Inside of this night,
It's easier to believe

Then the door opened wide
And a child came inside
That no one in the bar
Had seen there before
And he asked did we know
That outside in the snow
That someone was lost
Standing outside our door

Then the bartender gazed
Through the smoke and the haze
Through the window and ice
To the corner street light
Where standing alone
By a broken pay phone
Was a girl the child said
Could no longer get home

And the snow it was falling
The neon was calling
The bartender turned
And said "Not that I care
But how would you know this?"
The child said "I've noticed
If one could be home,
They'd be already there"

Then the bartender came out
From behind the bar
And in all of his life
He was never that far
And he did something else
That he thought no one saw
When he took all the cash
From the register draw

Then he followed the child
To the girl across the street
And we watched from the bar
As they started to speak
Then he called for a cab
Then he said "JFK"
Put the girl in the cab
Then the cab drove away
And we saw in his hand
That the cash was all gone
From the light that she had wished upon

If you want to arrange it
This world, you can change it
If we could somehow
Make this Christmas thing last
By helping a neighbor
Or even a stranger
To know who needs help,
You need only just ask

Then he looked for the child
But the child wasn't there
Just the wind and the snow
Waltzing dreams through the air
So he walked back inside
Somehow different I think
For the rest of the night
No one paid for a drink

And the cynics will say
That some neighborhood kid
Wandered in on some bums
In the world where they hid
But they weren't there
So they couldn't see
By an old neon star
On the night Christmas Eve

When the snow it was falling
The neon was calling
In case you should wonder,
In case you should care
Why we on our own
Never went home
On that night of all nights,
We were already there

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