I’m working on the following tunes… Side By Side, The Very Thought of You, Rambling Rose, Hey, Good Lookin’. I’ve played most of these ‘live’ already. I just need to work on getting them a bit tighter.
I had a great solo piano gig yesterday at Memory Care. This is also my One Man Jazz Trio format, so not just solo piano, actually.
Wednesdays are tough days for me, as the actual process of loading and unloading musical equipment and doing a solo gig kind of takes its toll. Then once I’m home and everything is unloaded at kept at home, I take a little nap, then head off to Yoga Class. Plus the working earlier in the morning truly adds to the challenge. But, after Yoga I feel rejuvenated once again.
One of my goals is to be able to take the One Man Jazz Trio to a restaurant or public venue. All my piano gigs so far are private events.
I had the golden opportunity to perform with the Neo-Swing Big Band… Big Time Operator!
Despite the negativity that happened at the end of my stint with the band, I have no ill feelings nor regrets… it was a wild and fun ride.
Having said that, one of my favorite memories with the band was performing Gene Krupa’s legendary drum solo, note for note… then featuring a second half of the solo which was my own, with a compelling clarinet solo by Marc Rosen. Ah, the memories.
It was a very nice 3 year stint, touring the country doing a SouthWest tour, a West Coast tour, and opportunities to perform at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney World in Orlando, Florida. And we got to perform at various hotel & casinos in Las Vegas.
The very first time I heard this song was as a cover done by a Filipino singer named Sahlee Quizon… this was back when I was a teenager.
I had no idea the original was sung by Skeeter Davis, and just remembered that the song was featured in the movie, Girl, Interrupted, starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. A character named Daisy, played by Brittany Murphy, took her own life while this song was playing in the background.
Yes, it’s a pretty depressing song, but it’s a pretty song as well… but, I’m trying to branch out my repertoire into the Country genre. And, I’m working on developing my traditional country repertoire as these songs are easier for me to play on solo piano without having to sing the song.
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