There can be almost no greater validation for a student than when you can sit in and play with them in a live performing situation. This is true for many reasons…first, you are telling them that you have a true respect for how they play, and also you are acknowledging that they have achieved a level of musicianship that you feel can match, of perhaps even surpass, yours. It’s also good just to show some good old support!
Well, tonight I have a unique set of circumstances in which I am taking a new, very young and brilliant student, John Filbrick, from Virginia, over to a club to see me sit in with another brilliant student and player, Mike Kerr, who I taught in the recent past as well! It’s great, because I feel kind of like a “bridge” between the two of them, hopefully helping to forge a new relationship for them, as well as showing my true respect and support for them both! I am going to play on one song, perhaps more, with my old student, but at the same time, I’d love to have my new student come up and sit in himself, for a new and lasting musical experience!
I do know and remember, that at that age, even little step, positive or otherwise, always had a lasting, indelible impression and effect on me. Perhaps this is why I so enjoy doing this for others…what some may simply call “making memories”! Tonight will certainly tell the story, and I am fully in anticipation of how it all plays out, and what this experience will mean for us all! One thing I do know…it sure feels like a great thing to do!