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Ben in Western Suburbs Weekly

2/March/2005 - 23:02

Western Suburbs WeeklyThe upcoming gigs that Ben has with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) on March the 12th and 13th got a mention in Tuesday's edition of the Western Suburbs Weekly (a name I certainly approve of) - a local free paper delivered to residents of Perth.

Anyway, Chris (former owner of the-bens.com) was kind enough to scan and send the article for us.

The basic gist is that Ben gave the artists arranging his work for the performances a license to "go crazy". A couple of choice quotes:

"I am not precious... the orchestra's pieces do not have to be stuffy and fit around my songs."
"It's like I've joined a band that is playing my songs and I am there to make it sound more like me"

They named a few songs that are being arranged: Brick, Zak and Sara, Army and One Angry Dwarf. Ben also mentioned he might play a few songs from the upcoming "Songs for Silverman" after the main set with the orchestra.

Please please PLEASE can someone tape this? I don't know about you, but I've a feeling this is going to be something very special indeed.

Many thanks to Chris for taking the time and trouble to hunt down that scanner!

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