This album was recorded over the course of 3 concerts in what was then known as The Point – in November 2006 in Dublin. One of my first piano students (he was about 18 at the time) went to the gig and he told me at our next lesson that it was the best gig he had ever seen. When the album came out the following summer I listened to it over and over again and fell for it. The tour on which Springsteen was at the time of the recording was a new departure for him.
Sometimes you have to make a leap. For yourself, for the other people involved, for the future of the project. Once you decide this, then you must try and time it correctly. The same leap made too early or too late won’t work. And once you decide on when, then you must plan, think, work hard to give yourself the best chance of succeeding with your leap. And it still mightn’t come off. But it might.
Theme Night #21 a huge gang of us had a blast performing a series of duets. For our slot, Niamh (below) and I put together a 4-handed classical/boogie arrangement of Flight of the Bumblebee. What struck me about the night though was the handshakes, hugs and smiles exchanged between performers after each performance finished. In each case there was a sense of something worthwhile achieved together, and performers who would usually sing on their own got a extra kick from having a partner-in-crime. It’s not always the answer, but sometimes if you want to achieve something, or just have a bit more fun along the way, all you need is someone else.