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High Five

Beck’s ‘Song Reader’ and Sarah Rabdau

Last year Beck debuted a project that bolstered his reputation as one of indie rock’s true mavericks. “Song Reader” was a sheet-music album, meaning someone had to perform it to hear it. It came with a tag line of sorts on its website: “Only you can bring Beck Hansen’s ‘Song Reader’ to life.”

More than 150 local musicians and dancers are doing just that next week with a live performance of the album from start to finish. Singer-songwriter Sarah Rabdau is among the participants and recently weighed in on five reasons why Beck is a musical genius.

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