I first became aware of guitarist Pat Metheny in 1985 through the song This is Not America from the movie Falcon and the Snowman. I loved hearing the song on my then local station San Francisco’s KFOG but I remember not knowing what his deal was when the DJ announced him along with David Bowie. It wasn’t until I later hooked up with my podcast king aka jazz guy that the fog lifted. I’ve seen The Pat Metheny Group in concert many times over the years and Pat’s guitar virtuosity is indisputable but it’s his quieter and more melodic moments that really get me. His Beyond The Missouri Sky with bassist Charlie Haden is one of the most beautiful instrumental records of our time. (Sorry, Kenny G.) But with over 40 recordings under his guitar strap, I’ve always wondered why he’s never done any covers. Wonder no more – he’s latest record is nothing but. With some choice material from The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Carpenters and Carly Simon, it fits perfectly into our cover tune bag – familiar tunes reinvented for a fresh sound. These are the songs that inspired him long before he became that famous guitar guy. So here is Pat Metheny and his version of the 60’s hit “Cherish” from his What’s It All About. I’d say it’s about time.