Earlier this week I mentioned wanting to share some thoughts about music. These aren’t those thoughts. But these are music-related!
I have been enjoying the experience of participating in some tango jams recently. Homer and Cristina are here this weekend, and we managed to get together a group that has practiced a few times already. We had a jam last night with Homer and Cristina (and a total of 12 musicians and singers!) that went really well. We’re even going to play some songs for dancers at a special milonga on Saturday night. This is a huge improvement over last year, when we got together for one jam, one night, and never followed up.
I’m stoked. I haven’t had an ensemble with which to play for years. I opted out of community bands, which mostly play Sousa marches and other unbearable music. I would love to play with a symphony, but community symphonies are rare and rarely need more wind instruments. The group that got together for this jam has been pretty nicely balanced: a flute, a violin, a piano, three guitarists, a drummer and Homer on his double bass – plus four singers last night (including Cristina, who does have a beautiful voice despite her attempts to deny it!). We just need someone to decide that the bandoneon is worth learning!
It’s no secret that I have very little time to add another regular commitment. I can’t imagine doing this regularly, but I do hope that our little, local group gets together again this year to play more. It’s so nice to actually play the music in addition to dancing to it!