Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday Follies Happy Hour 2013.11.29

A little swamp-boogie by a long time favorite of mine - pay attention to the lyrics.

"It's not the destination. It's the trip..."


George said...

This is what Marcia posted about this on her website:

"Sometime back in early April while we were touring in the Northeast U.S, my friend Minor Wilson, who has been working at film making for a few years now, called me to say that there were fourteen pianos placed outdoors in public spaces in Austin for a month. Several were on the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake. Several were in front of downtown buildings. One was in a BMX bicycle park. They were part of a touring art project called Play Me, I’m Yours by Luke Jerram. In Austin, the exhibition was curated by Johnny Walker. Minor’s idea was that he and his cinematographer friend, Daniel DeLoach, could film me playing as many pianos as we could get to in the two days I was home between tours. Well, what else did I have to do?

So, we shot at my house and three outdoor pianos one afternoon and evening and three more pianos early the next morning. We had to roust a guy sleeping on the park bench by the lake for that shot. It was about 7:30 AM. You know how I love getting up in the morning. And there it is, warts, old pianos, weird tuning, no makeup. My favorite is the red upright in the BMX bicycle park with the riders flying around behind me. It was very cool having that project here in Austin. People were coming by playing those pianos the whole time we were setting up. There were others filming and taping, and one large event that I missed because I was traveling in which many of Austin’s piano players all played at the same time in tribute to Pinetop Perkins."

Great song, great performer, great art project.

CenTexTim said...

George - cool back-story.

I met Marcia in the late 1970s or early 1980s. I can't remember the exact date, and she for sure won't remember me. I was a volunteer at Austin Aqua Fest, which was a music festival held on the banks of Town Lake in Austin TX. I helped manage one of the stages. She was a regular performer. Classy lady and a great entertainer.