- Hey everybody (not in Sedalia).
I have to tell you that the reason nobody here has posted is that we
have all been occupied virtually every waking hour. We have either
been downtown floating around venues hearing the best damned ragtime
ever (EVER!) all over from Scott Joplin/Maple Leaf Park to the Stark
Pavillion, or at Smith Cotton High School for the concerts and the
dance, or at the afterglows at Best Western until early morning,
listening, playing, interfacing.
By the time we get back to our computers and check email, we have to
get six hours of sleep and start all over again.
That's our reasonable excuse. What's yours?
I want to personally welcome a couple of new members. One is Richard
Dowling, an amazing pianist from NYC who did very well in Peoria, and
spends his days in music correction for publication, or even
transcriptions of legendary piano rolls like those of George Gershwin.
I you ever have a question about anything Gershwin, or similar
artists, he is one of the people to go to, so please consider Richard
a very viable resource, as well as a totally nice guy.
Also, John Remmers has joined our ranks. AND HE DID IT FROM SEDALIA,
YET. I know I got Richard involved, so not sure if my mention or
Bryan's got John involved, but he is also a gem. Once he retired a few
years back, he suddenly had time to practice, in has become a very
enjoyable and formidable (and accurate) pianist with a great core of
ragtime repertoire. REAL ragtime - not the peripheral stuff. Say hey
to John also.
Our third new member (freewilly) is Brett Youens, who tragically broke
his right(?) wrist in a fall from his bicycle just days before the
Peoria competition, which he was flying over from Germany to attend,
as well as several venues in Sedalia. Brett is also a talented
composer, and hopefully we will be able to access some of his work to
listen to. He is in recovery in a cast at this time (something I know
of) which creates the possibility/probability of some scar tissue if
left on too long (something I also have to live with on my left
elbow). However, Brett seems to be just as determined (and
understandably frustrated) to get through this, and I believe he will.
I recommended he join us here for some good reading material, and he
has already responded to us in a previous post. Just wanted to fill in
the blanks a little more.
We are growing.
So I did this from the road in my non-copious free time. Where have
the rest of y'all been? Hopefully next year in the coolest (not
literally) place to be in early June, The Scott Joplin Festival in
Sedalia, MO. Thanks to all who have been stopping me on the streets or
in the venues to talk to me in person. It has been absolutely terrific.
RAGards, Bill Edwards
- I just got home (drove 16 hours yesterday, got home at 2am, and now am
at work in a semi-conscious state) - but just wanted to say that
Sedalia was a truly amazing experience. After hearing all the great
pianists out there, I'm amazed that the Powers That Be let me play at
all - but I'm very grateful that they did and that I got to join in on
the fun. Hearing Martin and Brian play together was an incredible
thing; I hope they do that again next year.
Oh, and Richard - your "Graceful Ghost" was one of the highlights of
the festival for me. That was unbelievably gorgeous. (I hope you come
back next year...pretty please...)
P.S. I'm especially grateful for this because prior to last year's
Sedalia festival, I'd basically given up on music-making - both on
playing and composing. To get music back into my life is a gift that I
never expected. To have people actually taking my little compositions
seriously is something that I never even dared dream about.
- --- In EliteSyncopations@yahoogroups.com, "Larisa M." <larisa@...> wrote:
>Somebody forgot to mention that one of their rags was played
> Sedalia was a truly amazing experience. After hearing all the great
> pianists out there, I'm amazed that the Powers That Be let me play at
> all - but I'm very grateful that they did and that I got to join in on
> the fun.
spontaneously by another player which had gone to the trouble to learn
it, and that somebody was both surprised and pleased to hear their own
work. Happens to me a lot now, but for this somebody it was a first
time, and hopefully gratifying.
RAGards, Somebody else
- --- In EliteSyncopations@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Edwards"
> --- In EliteSyncopations@yahoogroups.com, "Larisa M." <larisa@> wrote:
> > Sedalia was a truly amazing experience. After hearing all the great
> > pianists out there, I'm amazed that the Powers That Be let me play at
> > all - but I'm very grateful that they did and that I got to join
> > the fun.I've actually heard him play it before in San Antonio (he was even
> Somebody forgot to mention that one of their rags was played
> spontaneously by another player which had gone to the trouble to learn
> it, and that somebody was both surprised and pleased to hear their own
> work. Happens to me a lot now, but for this somebody it was a first
> time, and hopefully gratifying.
> RAGards, Somebody else
kind enough to send me a home recording of it) - but yes, it was
gratifying. Hmm. That's not the right word. "A dream come true"
comes closer to expressing the emotion in question.
There's a lot I forgot to mention - I also forgot to mention a certain
somebody who was kind enough to accompany me on the string bass. That
was really cool (thank you!).
LM (and did I mention that Joseph Lamb's daughter really liked my
rendition of the Top Liner? Whenever I think that things can't
possibly get any more incredible at these festivals, they do...)