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Square Grouper(Image courtesy of Rakontur)

BY DAN GRECH AND ALICIA ZUCKERMAN

Miami filmmaker Billy Corben not only directed Square Grouper, the latest documentary from the Miami Beach-based Rakontur production company, but he also wrote the music and lyrics for two of the songs that appeared in the film – Square Grouper and Ballad of Everglades City. The songs were a collaboration between Corben, Andrew Yeomanson (DJ Le Spam) of the Spam Allstars, and Florida singer, guitarist and song writer Raiford Starke.

Square Grouper

(Image courtesy of Rakontur)

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“When you’re making a movie, it’s a very musical process,” Corben said. “When you’re editing, it’s about rhythm and flow and beat and cadence.”

The film’s co-producer, Lindsey Snell, met Starke while he was performing at a local bar in Everglades City and brought back a CD of his music. Corben said Starke’s voice was exactly what he had envisioned for his songs. Corben says DJ Le Spam used old-fashioned recording equipment to give Raiford’s voice and guitar a vinyl sound.

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  • Billy Corben talks about the Miami Beach petition drive to decriminalize possession of marijuana
  • Square Grouper theme song (music and lyrics by Billy Corben; performed by Raiford Starke)
  • The Ballad of Everglades City (music and lyrics by Billy Corben; performed by Raiford Starke)

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