Riffing on Books and Life – Arts & Sciences Literary Blog by interactive new media author & artist Terry Bailey

18Jun/11

A night of Latin Jazz, Flamenco, Bossa Nova and my Red Dress song

Terry plays with Goh, Hugo and Barry at Fireside Concert Series in Newbury Park, June 2011

If my Other Mother, Esther, had not passed away two days before this concert, I would have recorded some of it for you. As it was, it was the best I could do to give a good performance. (I will post some music at a later date.) It helped that I had three awesome musicians playing with me: Goh Kurosawa on guitar, Hugo Aguayo on bass and a solo flamenco guitar and Barry Kohan on drums - and an enthusiastic full house of music lovers in the audience. I dedicated the night to Esther, and know that she will inspire the music and writing in me for the rest of my days. Rest in peace, dear dear amazing woman.

I have the next post of Proust Was a Neuroscientist ready to go and will post later today or tomorrow. I'll also have a reading travel story for you soon and am starting Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite if you want to follow along. Oh! and I just finished a Freeman Dyson book and will be riffing about reading science present as science history, which makes for a very interesting and reflective past-time.

And did I mention that I also did a Patsy Cline song? Heartaches. I may sing mostly Latin right now, but old Patsy records are what taught me to sing, so I like to honor her. Some in the band thought it was strange for me to mix country diva Patsy Cline music with Spanish songs, Latin pop and bossa nova. But it went over great. And the guys were hesitant to sing the back up riffs I convinced them to try, but I think they were an audience favorite with their "Heartaches! da da dats"

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