Last Saturday, so that’s, uh, the 23rd of May, I was invited to play at a house-party where there was much Barbecue food to be had. In doing so, I had the absolute pleasure of playing keyboard with Linda Muriel who is an amazing personality and a joy to work with. She’s down-to-earth, humble, and can sing up a storm without even trying.
It’s been quite a long time since I was asked on my own merits, to be the keyboard player for something like this, so naturally I was nervous.
We didn’t rehears as there was no time, and I probably talked on the phone more on Friday than I have in several years.
I’d never met these people before, and it’s very easy to be worried about performance when that happens, especially playing in a house.
On Saturday morning I was rehearsing a few things, and I put together a handful of loop ideas because I knew Linda, like me, enjoys jamming. I thought of a few recognisable tracks people *probably* would know and went with it.
Here’s one of them, which I certainly had fun with.
move On Up: A sort of not quite version of it an old Curtis Mayfield track from back in the day I certainly loved as a child, and appreciated way more as an adult. In fact I appreciated it so much, I made my own, custom version of it and we had fun jamming it at the party.
I should also add that along with myself and Linda Muriel was a quite phenomenal guitarist, Mike Collins who I met last year when working with my dad on his album.
That small excerpt was recorded in Mike’s home-studio, where he has many, many many things and gave me some kind of keyboard envy to be honest, but anyway that’s somewhat off-track.
As well as playing Curtis Mayfield, we attempted a bob Marley track, Waiting In Vain but well, that kind of didn’t work out for reasons you’ll hear in this piece.
Linda got side-tracked, the piece took on a mind of it’s own and it was fun.
With all that, and having to make up content on-the-fly you can probably imagine I was tired by the time I got home around midnight. I unpacked my keyboard, copied the recordings from my recorder to the computer for safe-keeping, obviously, had a drink of water and flopped into bed about 1 AM. Yes, it really takes an hour to unpack and do all that. I was meant to attend a party on Sunday but felt too sleepy to do that, so I chilled at home.
Thus ends the unusual tail of barbecue party and keyboard playing that was last Saturday.
Here’s a track.
Along with that, is a split of that track for remixing purposes, to see if anyone can do something cool with it. It’s only 60 seconds and 5 tracks, so why not give it a go?
The test part of the title for this post is because I’m testing whether this will post to twitter or fail like it did last time.
What a joyful life.