I just got back from sitting in with Sue Webb and Joel Betts at Lytton Plaza. I played three songs on keyboards and then sang “Before You Accuse Me” by Eric Clapton (Joel on electric bass and Sue on backing vocals and acoustic guitar; actually although the fake book says Clapton I had to look it up to realize it is actually a Bo Didley tune from 1958; there’s always so much more to learn about repertoire). I didn’t know where or how the song ended so I started improvising some rap lyrics as they continued to play. I said something about spending money on tacos and pizza and wars. I also made a plug for the upcoming Kurt Elling concert Saturday, April 23 in Berkeley. The song is in keys of E and A and somehow I was also channeling “Wednesday Night Prayer” by Charles Mingus and “Your Mama Don’t Dance” by Loggins and Messina.
I was also affected by hearing the news of the death in Libya of photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington (“Restrepo”) and the news that members of Code Pink were demonstrating about the wars in Afghanistan and Libya nearby earlier today at the corporate offices of a large social media company where President Obama was speaking