Are you one of these people secretly convinced that the best things happen when you aren’t there? Do you suspect that the most superb music is played by musicians for their own pleasure — after the concert, in their hotel rooms, in empty ballrooms? This may not be paranoid imagining. I think the videos below — taken at the 2012 Sacramento Music Festival — are compelling evidence.
This session took place after the Sunday evening concert had ended . . . and the musicians didn’t want to go back to their hotels (Rossano Sportiello and Dan Barrett being prime instigators). While the cheerful people surrounding the stage were putting everything away, packing up, doing their jobs . . . the music started — or kept going.
First a hip RUSSIAN LULLABY with Dan at the piano and Phil Flanigan at the bass. Then — with some musical chairs and giggling, Rossano and Stephanie Trick shared the piano bench while Phil kept the beat going and (eventually) Dan joined in on muted cornet for RUNNIN’ WILD:
No one wanted to call a halt to this fun (even though Phil had to catch a plane) so they took their time for an inspired KEEPIN’ OUT OF MISCHIEF NOW with Dan, Rossano, Stephanie:
And an old-fashioned rocking BLUES to close, created by Dan and Rossano:
“See you next year!” “Beautiful!” How true on both counts.
I am so grateful to the musicians here — people whom I count as friends — for not saying, “For goodness’ sake, Michael, put that video camera down. You’re not going to shoot this, are you?” They knew I was there — circling around — but they tacitly let me stay . . . what a privilege!
May your happiness increase.