Oscar Peterson is one of my all time favourite piano players – class, elegance, groove, heart – everything you could possibly want to hear from a piano. I was just looking for different versions of C-Jam Blues (an Ellington tune written in 1942) and came across this fabulous version of Oscar Peterson playing it live… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #360: Oscar Peterson
It’s a week for setting up gear that I’ve had for ages. On the weekend I played with my new digital mixer and worked out how to record my piano. I’m going to have lots of fun with that over the next couple of weeks. Following on from that, I set up some of my… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #214: Photo Fun
Each day on my way to tango school I walk past the Banco Piano. I like to think they have a vault full of pianos that have been deposited, borrowed against, and withdrawn when desired. Depending on interest rates at the time, your piano might be smaller or bigger than when you deposited it, or… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #137: Piano Bank
Playing piano has always been a meditation-like exercise for me. Whenever I was grumpy as a kid my mum would tell me to go and play piano, as she knew it would fix whatever was wrong. I’ve had a difficult day and driving home I was contemplating wine or chocolate (or both) as a remedy,… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #104: Playing piano
It’s only fitting to talk about pianos on day #88 (because pianos typically have 88 keys). I was fortunate enough to play tonight’s gig on a little baby grand that was tuned yesterday. Not only that, it was in a beautiful room with a lovely audience. Seems the very definition of harmonious.