With only a month to go before exams, the rehearsal time with the pianist becomes crucial. How amazing therefore, that on the very same day that Larry had to cancel, I received a call from dear piano colleague Bill Doolan Kevin Scott. He had moved down to the Gold Coast last year and I thought he was well settled there. How wonderful to get his call saying he was moving back to Cairns and did I have any piano accompaniment work in my studio! Talk about serendipity!
We started working with my students last week and continued today with intensive rehearsals with all the kids from 9am til 6:00 tonight. Kevin is a blessing to the studio and a delight to work with. The day was full, but a day full of music and doing what we love never exhausts us- rather, it fuels us to want more! So....during our brief lunch break, when I suggested to Kevin that we sight read one of my latest favorite tunes, he readily obliged.
I have always adored the swing and croon music of this era a la Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Sarah Vaughan, and of course Ella Fitzgerald. A few months ago I first heard this Hoagy Carmichael tune and fell in love with it's lilt and poignant chord transitions. We had Kyrene Mei Paine record us as we sight read in one raw take, and other than one slightly dodgy "e" that morphed into the more appropriate 'e' flat, ( this is show biz after all and we think we deserve a bit of jazz-inspired artistic License) we think Hoagy might have approved.
So -this is a hearty thank you to dear Kevin for rescuing my studio from our no -pianist emergency, as well as a huge welcome back to my friends! It was bliss to be able to communicate through the music and just well, do what we do.
Here then, as performed on my new French acquisition "The Lily" , is our rendition of the gorgeous song
"I Get Along Without You Very Well"
But dear Bob Halstead as I know you know the lyrics , you will understand how much I really DO miss you!