The highways of North Jersey are littered with chain stores selling guitars and other musical instruments. In Paramus alone, there are two Guitar Centers, a national company with stores in 44 states, and there is another in Totowa.
Yet in downtowns throughout Bergen and Passaic counties a number of more modest music stores manage to survive, often catering to eager teenagers who congregate in the late afternoons, noodling with acoustic and electric guitars and dreaming of a future in a band.
Lark Street Music on Cedar Lane in Teaneck is one of these — and a whole lot more.
Sherrod Barnes stopped by one afternoon late last week to chat with the owner, Bernard Levine, about how he might get a new neck built for a custom electric guitar that a friend made for him. Barnes is no amateur enthusiast. He has toured and recorded with an impressive array of performers: Whitney Houston, Roberta Flack, Beyoncé, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones and Dionne Warwick among them. He was a producer and arranger for Flack's latest album, "Let it Be Roberta,'' a collection of Beatles songs released last year on which he also played several instruments and sang background vocals.
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