Because of my “day job” the Spring is a very busy time (translation: “on the brink of becoming unmanageable and spiralling wildly out of control”). Generally, as musical pursuits go I usually just write off March and April as being impossible. This March was a little busier than usual but strangely it’s April and I suddenly have music projects to work on.
The only highlight of March was a trip to California to see the familly, celebrate my Dad’s birthday and participate in my brother’s wedding. Both my sister and my brother both asked me to perform songs at their weddings and they both made very interesting requests. A few years ago when my sister got married she (and my brother in law) asked me to play and sing Joe Henry’s song “Scar”. I really liked the arrangement I came up with and things went as well as could be expected. I also performed an Ennio Morricone piece on solo guitar that was more like my usual thing.
This time around my brother (and now sister in law) asked my to play and sing Tom Wait’s “Picture in a Frame” (apparently they weren’t as critical as I was of my previous wedding performances). So again I worked up a solo vocal and gutar arangement and it went about as well as previous efforts. What amuses me is I am not a singer – at least not a soloist. Nor am I the “play the acoustic guitar and sing alone” kinda performer. But I was honored to be asked (both times) and I figured if I’m gonna try on that hat it might as well be in front of a crowd of familly and friends where the main focus was on two other people. Neither of these wedding happened in a church so I didn’t have the safety net of knowing there would be a safe place to seek sanctuary if I f’ed it up too bad. Fortunately things went well enough, both occasions turned out to be very special to me (J – “weep” ) and thankfully all my sibblings are now married (all to very cool people).
I’m even planning to record these pieces soon (for private distribution – sorry). It will probably have the disclaimer: “I am not a singer – at least not a soloist. Nor am I the “play the acoustic guitar and sing alone” kinda performer. Of that I am now sure.”