I'm hoping to be able to put up script passages in this blog... There's a few things I'd like to share in the passing chord department. I'm going to hopefully put up some of the new solo piano tracks up here on cloud (stay tuned :). I'm hoping help might be on the way.
So this gig was interesting. Not absolutely full but quite a few parties. I was talking about the dynamics of doing a background/ambience gig like this. Tuning into the broad scope of the melodies, keeping the rubato as really in time but stretched and squeezed when it felt like it without actually losing or gaining time. So there is a rhythmic feel/principle involved. I might go for something and, be also listening in for the mood of the room and the vibe, and definitely tune into it. They are a part of the "performance". I try to listen to them with a compassionate ear and that helps somehow. The dynamics may operate according to what kind of conversation they are having. If it's a near table and they're talking about some construction project aspect !!. I kind of listen in on the conversation and back off a little when a point is being made (is that crazy?). Or, at another table quite far away from the keyboard they may be laughing, and this laughter often comes in waves ... If I'm playing Body and Soul... while they're laughing in waves, it becomes very convenient to phrase the melody in the "troughs" of those laughter waves. Sometimes someone will laugh way out loud quite obviously it's hard not to turn and take a look and I sometimes (secretly) join in in my mind and I smile too. Not at the person (sometimes a quick one) but in general. It makes the whole thing pleasant and keeps my attitude on an even keel. They're out to have a good time and I don't want to interfere with that so I keep my artistic intensions as high as I can whilst accommodating the pulse in the room.. It's not that hard and everyone's happy (I hope). Tonight I drifted off my discipline now and then and played for myself and then realizing the mood was changing (i.e. they talked even louder), I reined in that energy and got back to the meditation on the vibe and the people who share this life in this room. I have to really concentrate on that return because it feels like I let the sheep out and I'm a sheep dog getting back to work bringing home the (bacon) lamb.. :) Generally I had fun during those episodes but I'd like for them to keep asking me so I have to maintain a status quo and still give my time on the job some meaning. Life is Good !! Oh and I got a symbolic "Tip" 2 Tunies (how is that spelled? Yeh.. it's the thought that counts—it was nice to know that someone appreciated it (I split a $50.00 tip there one night)... !!