Good morning! Just a bit after 10 on this bright sunny day. The sun is so bright I have to close the blinds to be able to see anything but glare. That's an inconvenience I can live with. If it was up to me- if I were Czar of the Universe- every day would be like this.
Czar of the Universe. Yeesh. Yes, I'm still waking up. Working on that first cup of coffee and bringing the world into focus.
This feels like a Sunday. I played Thursday night and last night, which felt like my weekend. Once you've been retired for awhile, the whole concept of week and weekend becomes more modular. More adjustable. Both gigs were much fun. Last night was particularly relaxed. I was able to incorporate some things from the practice room onto the bandstand. For instance, I took my time with the solos, as opposed to just jumping in. Really enjoyed the blend last night of Ada Lou's voice and John's keyboard(I started to say 'organ', but that would've come out funny). But the rich organ sonorities and that Alto voice was very enjoyable.
I love to play, but I think I have bass-ackwards instincts as far as the playing environment. It's more enjoyable to me if the place isn't packed. Both Pease's and Robbie's were sparsely attended(a lot of folks were probably at the Alamo listening to Mary Jo Curry and her most excellent band), which made for a much more relaxed setting both nights.
One of my favorite gigs was a recurring one with the Dan Rivero Trio at a restaurant called III Tommasso's, where they had us set up in a corner. We were away from the hustle and bustle of the restaurant, but there were a few tables to accommodate a small gathering. So we'd occasionally have three or four people in our area, never more than that.. As far as I was concerned, this was great! The one night the place was packed was probably pleasing to the owner, but miserable for me. We had to play dance music, since the dance floor was filled up. Success for them, failure for me...
My next gig isn't until April 25th. It's with the Samba Llamas, destination unknown, some kind of fund-raiser. And after that I have a Robbie's gig of my own(!)on May 1st. In the meantime I plan on continuing what I've been doing: practicing guitar and coming up with new music here in the Lab. There are jam sessions going on downtown on the 3rd Monday of every month, and I'm going to try and make those. Otherwise, I'll be coming to you from the cloistered confines of my music room. For now, that is.
Okay, I guess that covers it. Thanks as ever for stopping in and reading. Happy Saturday to you! I'm outa here. More later.