Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 10:49 am
With a long history of Johnny Depp collaborations — from <em>Edward Scissorhands</em> through the <em>Pirates of the Caribbean</em> films to this summer's <em>The Lone Ranger</em> — Joel Harlow knows that sometimes you've just gotta ignore the dead crow and get on with the job.
Three for a Song is a performing trio with a love for the 1930s, during which some of the greatest songwriters who ever lived wrote music that would enter the canon of American popular song. But the group has recently added a quirk to its repertoire: performing songs that were never popular.
"You will always hear Burton Lane's 'How Are Things in Glocca Morra?' " says the trio's pianist, Alex Hassan, who is also a pop-music archivist. "But you will not hear an incredible torch song that he wrote for a 1935 MGM flick that never got made."