Do You Believe in Magic??

Monday, September 6, 2010

Yes I do…especially in Woodstock. And I was reminded once again on Saturday afternoon when I was scheduled to do a concert right in the middle of my little town on the Woodstock Town Green.

It had been cloudy and breezy on the backside of Hurricane Earl’s rush up the Coast. But right before we went on the sun sparkled and the clouds danced in every direction. And I guess the word had gotten around, because a beautiful crowd gathered.

The show had been scheduled to feature my longtime rhythm section of Eric Parker on drums (from the Joe Cocker and Stevie Winwood bands) and, on bass, Mike Esposito (renaissance man whose first claim to fame was as lead guitar in America’s first psychedelic band, The Blues Magoos).

And then, just before we started, John Sebastian surprised us by showin’ up. We’ve recorded together on four separate projects, but never played in a live situation. From the first beat, we were off.

John and I got our thumbs goin’ on a couple kalimba’s to clear the air and purify the surrounds. And then, a couple minutes into the groove, we hit an E minor blues hard. Joy found us, and never let go.

We played a nice long set. And with every song the crowd grew in size and intensity. Smiles everywhere. The whole scene was transformed.

By the next day, Facebook and my email box were full of photos, thanks and celebrations. And I want to add mine. I’m so thankful to be able to play music, to have a small part to play in these joyous occasions. White magic. As John asked so long ago…’Do You Believe in Magic’. Lemme say it loud and clear…Yes I Do!

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