I was asked to play 3 songs Wednesday May 24th at Hugh’s room – a show of artists each picking 3 Bob Dylan songs to play. Thought I would do Lennie Bruce is Dead, Wedding Song and If Not For You.
Always loved the Lenny Bruce song, rightly or wrongly I thought Dylan might have especially been thinking about Lenny Bruce’s life after making Slow Train Coming and Saved and experiencing a lot of public hostility but who knows.
I haven’t had too much time to rehearse but fortunately my daughter knows the wooden xylophone parts to these songs so it’s all good.
When I was a teenager I played hours on the piano and my father would come home from work and watch tv lying on the couch nearby and turn up the volume – my piano playing drove him nuts. I didn’t mind since we were both realizing our dreams.
Grateful he wasn’t the kind of guy to freak out and stop me from playing. That might have derailed becoming the musician I am.
Truth is I’m never really comfortable practicing unless there’s a loud tv or radio on in the background.