It's hard to believe it's been almost a year since I joined Downtown Jam, a unique music club in downtown Toronto. I've had a blast getting together with other musicians and singers to play through a songbook of all my favourite rock 'n' roll tunes.
Thursday night was the annual BBQ and open mic night. Unlike the regular sessions, this time we were playing for an audience. Luckily it was a very warm and receptive audience, made up of mostly other jammers.
I played keyboards on two tunes, but didn't get a chance to sing – I actually really like taking a supportive, accompanying role in the band. I still get to sing quite a bit at the regular jams.
I was surprised how nervous I was, though! I don't think I've performed on the piano since my early days of piano recitals! And the first song the singer chose was a Carole King tune ("It's too late") that featured a four-bar piano introduction. Eeek – just when I thought I was out of the spotlight.
Well, the four bars passed quickly and I managed to get us started. The next song was a rockin' Beatles number, "Come together," which was a groovin' good time.
The evening reminded me just how much fun I've been having at these jam sessions and I've pledged to make sure to include them as a regular part of my life.