My debut as a backup piano player, New Years Day, was rousing, probably
successful, and Fun! (And I learned a lot.) Thanks so much for all the
information and encouragement. I definitely took your good wishes and tips
with me, and it was great to find myself slowly incorporating some great
advice. Thanks again!!!
Selma Kaplan and George Wilson were here at the CTMA New Year's Camp, and
I had the incredible good fortune to meet them, watch them in action and
receive their generous assistance. Selma, in particular, gave me some
great advice... It is interesting to "try" to do less, rather than more.
I also made a couple of wonderful new friends ... nice for me.
As to the dance-- There were just two of us playing - the banjo player got
the flu (it's getting lots of people around here.) Anyway, my tendency Is
to take over (thanks anyway, Paulette... wish you had been correct), so there
will be about 20 people asking for me for the next several months --- Funny
how that's not a compliment. Later, we got into some great conversations about
the music-what happens when everything comes together and it "sings" (my word.)
I love it when that happens... even more than when I hear the melody, or
get excited about somebody's great playing. Ah well... we'll see about all
This, by the way, was a contradance-- and obviously not a "session", although
we did play a few Irish tunes. However, suddenly I'm not sure what a session
is any more. --like is it a controlled playing-together, or is it spontaneous,
and are there "correct" instruments, and is there a leader??? I just had a
look at people's replies to the Irish Piano topic --- many are very thoughtful
and interesting, by the way. I see that there are many views of the role of
the piano in sessions -- but I still wonder if the piano is expected to be
the "bottom" in that music, as it is for dance???
Thanks, John, for the request for Session tune lists. Since I'm new to this,
that information is particularly interesting. Sooo Is there a "best" tune
book floating around anywhere?
Finally, when I asked the original Irish Piano question, I think I added a
postscript, asking if you-all think musicians are different --- especially
if "we" have a better sense of humor than other people. Almost nobody
responded to that :) , except to say that musicians are Not different.
Well - not being one to give up easily, I've decided that musicians speak
a language unique to music - and to the experience of playing and creating
music. And the reason I think musicians are funnier is that I can understand
that language, which is sometimes very funny.
And on that note,
Happy Hogmany and all the best for a Happy 1994,