Sunday, August 07, 2005

Library staff jamming at the library

Ever so often, a few library staff would get together and jam (as in, play music) at library@esplanade (EPCL). Friends of one of the EPCL Library Officer would also join in.

Here's a recent picture (from Isaak).

EPCL is a Performing Arts library, for those who aren't aware. So it's most appropriate for library staff and friends to have the jamming session there. It's a public performance, and free. Part of the gig is also to get people from the audience to sing, but none have done so for the sessions I was at.

In recent gigs, in between songs, the band would explain things like the origin of the song, information about the singer etc. To add that learning-dimension to the whole programme.

I missed out from playing at the last two sessions. OK, I chickened out 'cos my guitar-playing skills are really rusty.

The band isn't a formal grouping, and there are usually one or two practice sessions before the event. On at least two previous occasions, we actually pulled it off without practicing. The audience didn't walk.

Songs are mostly from the 90s, with a preference for Rock Ballads. Last session featured quite a few Bon Jovi hits, and I think the latest session had some songs from Skid Row (one of the singer can really hit the high notes. Powerful lungs.)

Oh, here's a thought: What if we started podcasting the jam sessions?


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2 comments:

  1. "...the band would explain things like the origin of the song, information about the singer etc."

    i just had to laugh at this one. not because it was funny in the way that a joke is funny, but because i think only a true librarian--whether playing music or doing other things--would think of answering unasked reference questions in this context :)

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  2. "i think only a true librarian--whether playing music or doing other things--would think of answering unasked reference questions in this context :)"

    but i think that's the really cool part about it! :D two thumbs up! :D

    podcast! most people don't know the origins of the songs esp the older songs these days.

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