This song has now been performed three times live on video, alas none with the ultimate Sky, our dear Missy Io. That day will come (sometime this year I swear). This occasion was Hogmanay, or Scottish New Year. A neighbor in Montara has been teaching me a little bit of piano, which I’ve proven to be a marginal student at thus far. On the side, though, she’s also been helping me with arranging, and this little gig was an experiment towards that end. The teacher, Shauna Pickett-Gordon, was the hostess of a traditional Hogmanay house party, complete with an abundance of Scottish fiddlers, a violist, a flutist, baran players, to name a few. I snagged the viola player (David Lange) and one of the fiddlers (Bill Tillotson), Shauna stepped in on piano and Judi Engel, a local singer, took the role of Sky in Missy’s absence.
I feel there were an abundance of shortcomings with the performance, and most of them in hindsight were directly a result of things I could have avoided, but it’s a learning process. I especially loved the interplay between bass and viola (supposed to be cello) which is exactly what I’ve been hearing in my head for a couple of years, and finally got to see and hear it come to life.
Jeremy did the video and editing and one of my mistakes was to encourage him to use a tripod, as it kind of backfired in that he was unable to pan from where he sat to show anyone but the singer and the big doofus on bass. Still, that allowed me to study all the little things I failed to do right, such as playing at a completely different tempo than what I counted in. There was also a huge glitch going in to the first verse and the band was kind of discombobulated for a while, but eventually we kinda sorta recovered. The audience (most of them pretty savvy musicians) seemed genuinely impressed with the song, so that was nice.
I know when the lights go up on the final band including one fabulous Missy Io on piano and vocals, we will shine in glory. We’ll also have eight other immaculately rehearsed and impeccably arranged tunes to go with it. The dream is alive.