Last night I played solo piano at The Bistro.
It had been probably 3 weeks, not having touched a piano or keyboard. And I had canceled my Wednesday night piano gigs, because I only work for tips and the first two weeks in February were so slow.
Anyway, it felt great to play solo piano and get paid, plus receive tips. Donnie and Gary played a private party for some millionaire mushroom farmer. And the guy didn’t want any drummers, so that’s why I ended up playing solo piano.
It was awkward at first, but I quickly got back into my way of improvising. And I was so immersed in the music that I didn’t take a single break for the 3 1/2 hours that I performed.
Tiffany and I had some good talks about playing piano and veganism. She is the only friend I have who is Vegan, and has been for some 19-20 years. So, I look to her for advice and ways of handling the overly critical non-vegans, because she’s being dealing with that for a long time.
Anyway, Tiffany always gives me good feedback from the bar since she’s The Bistro’s bartender. And she said I had great reviews/compliments from the customers, and they were rather amazed that I could play piano for so long and not stop for a break.
But, I just get lost in the music, and I just improvise and improvise, going from one song to the next and creating transitions between the songs.
One of the waiters was wondering how I could go for so long and my fingers and arms don’t get tired, but for some reason that’s not a problem. I guess between the drumming and the piano playing my hands and arms are pretty conditioned for the type of performances I do.
One thing I’ve noticed, is that my creativity for improvisation seems very high when I haven’t played piano for a while. Maybe I just miss it, or because I come to the keyboard after a long hiatus, there is no pre-conceived notions in my head on how to play.
Tiffany mentioned this too, and I remembered that Keith Jarrett said something similar about doing his long solo piano concerts.
So, my dedication to piano seems to have been renewed….