I'm on cloud nine, musically speaking. I spent most of this afternoon and evening learning from and enjoying the music of the Yellowjackets, and their keyboardist Russ Ferrante. I've was captivated by their music when I first saw them in concert about 5 years ago. Russ made me cry, he was so good. I've been a fan ever since, and today I, along with Ryan, was privileged enough to be allowed into a clinic with Russ for an hour and a half. Ryan went to a clinic with their guitarist Robben Ford, and then we were both able to attend their concert this evening, all free of charge.

All I can say is they are amazing. I was smiling and laughing through the whole concert, they're that good. They just bring so much joy to the table. I did miss their saxophonist, but they brought back Will Kennedy and Robben, who haven't played with them for years, and it was just incredible. If there's one person I'd love to sound like before I leave this planet, it's Russ Ferrante. Not only is he a piano god, but he's so completely humble.

They played two of my favorite songs tonight: Revelation and Imperial Strut. I only wish they'd have played more balads, and the Il Postino theme song. But hey, beggars can't be choosers, and I had a blast. I hope it works for me to go to school at M.I. next year. I'll keep you posted.

Posted by Portia at May 20, 2004 11:05 PM

What's M.I.?

Posted by: Melissa at May 24, 2004 09:31 AM

Musicians Institute

Posted by: Jon at May 24, 2004 11:24 AM