I take lots of photos. When I take a drive. When I take a walk. Lately I take photos of musicians.
Getting involved one night at the Roadhouse Sunday Night Jam I began wanting to see if I could convey what I hear visually. The joy of the musician playing with another, coming in to a set knowing you are going to have good communication on stage. The joy of seeing results of many moments of practice and experience, or not.
I have gotten to the point, myself, of being able to follow the music well enough to grab that expressive drum roll or grin with the satisfaction that all went well, or even better.
And it makes sense jams are different than a rehearsed stage show. Pulling the natural from that is great fun. Depending on the artist, they can make it real easy if they are truly comfortable with themselves on stage. It is awkward when they are not, I see that too.
And sometimes, even better, when a note sounds good or that voice is singing how you wanted all night, the musicians are ‘hitting the note”, so to speak, and no photo can do that justice. That moment is to be just savored.