May 13, 11:00 am EST
My favorite part if this new job is hanging out with the guests. The day before each show, I’m hosting a “tech rehearsal” where we meet on Skype just to make sure everything runs smoothly. Fortunately, the technology part has smoothed out quite a bit, so we’re having more time just to relax and connect. Eric and I made a big discovery in our time together. …
Up till this time, my understanding is that actually playing music live in a virtual setting is impossible. In our rehearsal, we realized that if Eric doesn’t listen to what I’m doing, he can lat down a rhythm on the harmonica and I can play along and it comes across to the audience that we are playing together in sync. I know… it’s nothing live jamming with Eric Noden in a room together, but we were quite happy with the discovery. In this episode, we had our first “virtual double-harp jam.”
I woke up early on the day of this show with an idea to create a video describing my experience of “blowing up” on Tik Tok in the last couple days. I love having the 11 am deadline of going live cause it means I have to let go of the perfectionist in me and have a finished product quickly. I hope you enjoy the video. Its also posted on TikTok now.
Eric and I first became friends hanging out at Brady’s Cafe in Kent, Ohio back in the early ’90’s. Eric has gone on to travel the world as a musician while I stayed in Kent to “hold the fort down.” Eric Noden is a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist based out of Chicago, Illinois. Eric has been part of the city’s blues scene since 1994. He has recorded with blues harmonica greats Joe Filisko and Billy Boy Arnold.