Bedroom Music Ep 6: Charles Joseph Smith

Bedroom Music Ep 6: Charles Joseph Smith

In Episode 6 of Bedroom Music, we hang with Chicago legend Charles Joseph Smith, brilliant instrumentalist and composer, DIY hero, and dancing superstar. Charles gives us a peak at his music notebook machinations, including an arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll” and  a lead sheet for “Baby Got Back”. Also Charles reveals his favorite snack,  favorite video game, and gives an off the cuff rendition of Sexual Healing by “Marvin Gaye”! Oh and Charles plays one of his musical apparatuses built of found percussion objects—maybe you can help him come up with a name for it?

For a taste of Charles Joseph Smith’s music visit his bandcamp! https://charlesjosephsmith.bandcamp.com/

Charles Joseph Smith is a long time TSM contributor. Read his feature in TSM Issue #14 here: https://thesickmuse.com/situations-a-logan-square-diy-venue-goes-off-line-permanently-after-9-years-of-dedicated-underground-punk-service-to-the-north-side-of-chicago/


Bedroom Music Webseries gives viewers a personal look into the lives of musicians in Chicago. Typically when folks say “bedroom music” they mean music that is good background for putting on in your bedroom when getting it on. Or someone may say “bedroom pop” to refer to music produced DIY in a bedroom or closet. In any case, music changes its tune depending on where it is played, and music listened to, or played, in a personal space like a bedroom always has a unique character. In this series Chicago artists grant viewers a charmingly informal yet deeply personal look into their homes for a chat and a serenade cover of a typically “bedroom music” type song.