Open Mic, January 21, 2016
Acoustic Night at the Arts Center
“While the rain kept most people at home last night, the few who braved the weather had a really good time at our weekly show,” said host Ron Hackett. With only four performers and a few audience members, the group formed a semi-circle on the basement couches and performed an acoustic round. “Sipping wine, telling stories, singing and playing along with the performer, and enjoying each others company – what more could you ask for,” said co-host Robert Foster.
Drew Tucker, and classical and jazz guitarist, and Hackett played acoustic nylon string guitars while Rose Pyatt and Foster played acoustic steel strings. “We didn’t even bother to the PA system last night,” said Hackett. Hackett started the round with “Wheels,” an instrumental requested by Pyatt. Foster followed with “Peaceful Easy Feeling” by the Eagles. Next, Pyatt played a cover of Moe Bandy’s “Too Old to Die Young.” Then Hackett and Tucker teamed up to play an old Duke Ellington jazz tune called “Satin Doll.”
The round continued with Hackett playing a classical number named “Lágrima,” by Francisco Tárrega. Lágrima is Spanish for teardrop. That inspired Tucker to play an E minor Study by Tárrega, after Foster covered “Hopelessly Hopeful.” Pyatt finished the second round with an original song that she calls, “Back Home Where I Belong” that included an improvised instrumental by Hackett.
The third round included an instrumental version of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles” by Hackett, a cover of John Prine’s “In Color” by Foster, a jazz instrumental version of Antônio Carlos Jobim’s “The Girl from Ipanema” by Tucker and Hackett, and another original song by Pyatt called, “Do You Miss Me When I’m Gone.”
The fourth round included “Genuine Country Star,” an original song by Tucker. Foster covered “Hello In There,” another Prine favorite. Pyatt also play an original tune named, “Somebody’s Baby” with another instrumental by Hackett. Hackett finished the round playing a Spanish piece named “Malagueña” with Flamenco flair.
Foster started the next round with “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” by Prine. Tucker sang a cover tuned called “High Life,” and Pyatt sang another original tune called, “Can I Praise You from Here.” Hackett dedicated an instrument called, “Windy and Warm” to Pete Huttlinger, a friend and master guitarist who passed this week.
It was getting late, and Pyatt had to leave so she could go to work early the next morning. Hackett, Foster, and Tucker decided to keep playing until our regular quitting time at 10:00. Foster started the late night round with a cover of Harry Chapin’s “Cats in the Cradle.” Hackett and Tucker followed with another Jobim tune called, “Corcovado” for the mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. Tucker sang the head (the melody of the song), and both musicians took turns improvising new melodies to the chord changes.
In this late round, Foster covered “Everything I Own” by the band Bread, “Vincient” and “American Pie” by Don McLain, and “Mr. Bojangles.” Tucker sang “Crying” by Roy Orbison. Hackett finished out his performances with a classical number called, “Romanza,” or “Romance de Amour,” and an instrumental based on a motif from the movie Dr Zhivago called, “Lara’s Theme.” Words were added after the movie, and this tune is more commonly know as “Somewhere My Love.”
Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett
Rose Pyatt, Robert Foster, Sue, and Drew Tucker
Rose Pyatt and Robert Foster
The Acoustic Round