So last week, when I took to Facebook and Twitter and asked for some creative prompts to see me through this project, I got this tweet from Shana (@hipharpy):
She wasn't wrong.
I guess I never thought of myself as a "thrill of the rails" kind of person...but think aing in this vein led me to think about doing some kind of swaggery, saloon piano kind of thing. As Shana suggested, maybe I could "embrace my inner honky-tonk angel". I wasn't sure I had one of those either...but I do listen to a fair amount of Tom Waits, so that'll have to do.
Catch the Midnight Drift borrows its title from a line from the Tom Waits song "Drunk on the Moon" and it's general style from Waits's overall body of work. Owing to his frequent references to alcohol (The song "The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)" and the line "Stirring my brandy with a nail" from "Get Behind the Mule" come to mind), the pianist is asked to play as if he or she is "three beers in" by the end of the piece.
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