I played for the Palm Beach Poetry Festival here in Delray Beach, Florida. Their concept was background jazz but I saw the chance to do something different, singer-songwriter material that I've learned over the years but never get to use. They okayed my suggestion.
Blessedly the budget ran to a duo so I hired a drummer-percussionist instead of a guitarist, to avoid the dreaded drum machine.
(I play keyboard and sing). The drummer brought his conga and a couple of toys in addition to his kit and it all worked.
I knew from the start I wanted to do Elusive Butterfly
for this crowd, poets from the English-speaking world and festival attendees from wherever. I loved the song from the moment I first heard it, probably on WQAM 560 in Miami when it first came out. I wrote a lead sheet years ago but can't remember why, or I ever even used it. Anyway, we did it for the poetry folks and the smiles all around were most gratifying. We did a bunch of other stuff I *never* get to use, too, like Joni Mitchell's Circle Game
and Simon and Garfunkel's Punky's Dilemma
. Thank goodness for the occasional sophisticated audience, one can make up for any number of the other kind.
Thanks for a wonderful song, Bob. Best of luck with the Boca Raton gig February 6 and thanks for the reminder, maybe I can get there and meet you, would be great.
PS I sat down with two like-minded men yesterday for guitar and fellowship. (Guitar is my amateur instrument and something I have sorely missed. This was my first get-together of this kind in 20 years or more, but we will be meeting regularly now.) We took turns calling tunes, and I pulled out Butterfly
. They loved it, and our host's wife sang right along, said it had been years since she'd heard it. Radio may be a dead issue but our hearts can take us places in our dreams, if we only let them.