Blues / Rock / Easy Listening
Larry Rogers' recording of "Precious" is a genuine and touching tribute to his daughter, a convincin... more Larry Rogers' recording of "Precious" is a genuine and touching tribute to his daughter, a convincing expression of a father's love, going all the way back to earliest infancy. I can't say enough about the guitar work on this piece. It is spotless and beautifully intoned all the way through, starting with the intro, right down to the last note. There is a second guitar part dubbed in, and maybe a hint of mandolin sprinkled in spots, all of it very nice. Larry is a talented tenor with taste in his stylings. Even sounds like one of the Beatles at times. My only criticism of this lovely song is that Larry tries to do a little too much vocally at times. The song seems to be keyed to the tip-top end of his vocal range, with the result that his voice sounds a little tired and straining, on the many high notes, and occasionally just a tad off-pitch. My two cents worth of free advice would be to key it down a step. Even a half step would help. Currently, it sounds like he is playing in the key of D, with the capo on the second fret, putting the vocal in E. I would at least try it in Eb (capo on 1 instead of 2), or take the capo off entirely, and sing it in D. Then the little up-flip he does on the phrases "too many timse" and "in my heart" wouldn't force you into his falsetto range. He could stay in his legitimate voice. I only say this as a suggested refinement to what is already a very fine song.