This weekend I performed at Bistro 221! On Friday, I performed with Donnie Finnell and tested out my new 20″ Zildjian K Custom Dry Ride Cymbal. Tiffany thought it was great and said it looked nice enough to be mounted on a wall. I must confess it’s a very distinctive looking cymbal and the sound quality is rich, yet very defined.
On Saturday, I got a call from Donnie that Gary (our keyboardist) was feeling very sick and Donnie asked me to play keyboards. Then, just as I was leaving for the gig Donnie called me again saying that he was feeling quite ill too. So, I had to switch to playing solo piano and took my drums from the car and loaded my keyboard and amp.
All in all, the solo piano gig at the Bistro turned out very nice. I received a lot of compliments on my playing and received lots of tips. I pretty much played for 4 hours and took a 20 minute break in-between to talk to Tiffany, Carl and Sandy at the bar, while sipping my Merlot. After the gig, Tiffany gave me a really great compliment on my playing and said that customers were saying positive things about my piano playing. Of course, I’m like the most humble guy when it comes to receiving compliments, but it makes me feel really good that people appreciate my piano playing.
It was a good, rare night… being that I haven’t been able to play piano (let alone solo piano) in the past several weeks because of big band and top 40 commitments! And last night once again rekindled the fact that I truly love playing the piano, that there is a sincere joy in tickling the ivories. Although, I am not a world class pianist by any means, playing piano at The Bistro really makes me feel like I am almost there… that it gives me great joy in knowing that I am doing something positive for others and at the same time being appreciated for being of service in a musical sense. And for that I feel truly blessed for the opportunity.