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practice for Davies Hall concert
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We ALL love the Ragtime Episode performance, but if everyone is like me, we are (to use a good old English term) Gobsmacked !
To help our American friends out, here is the definition:
Gobsmacked combines the northern English and Scottish slang term gob, mouth, with the verb smack. It suggests the speaker is utterly astonished or astounded. It’s much stronger than just being surprised; it’s used for something that leaves you speechless, or otherwise stops you dead in your tracks. It suggests that something is as surprising as being suddenly hit in the face.
I hope that your audience end up gobsmacked too !!!
Yeah, I've been hearing "gobsmacked" ever since I first visited your shores in 1980, particularly up north. I'll tell ya what gobsmacks me in this trio. It's Scott Nygaard's playing. He's the quiet one in the back who looks like he's doing nothing but is actually churning out volleys of crystal clear harmonies and counterpoints always in a different octave than anyone else is playing. Watch out for the innocent looking ones, they're the most dangerous.
I think that the audience will be impressed, well played.
yes , very good & don 't forget to offer your flatpick to the crowd
the more i hear it Jody the more i like it .you all look like your having fun.
Bill and I had never played with Scott as a trio before and he added a lot so we were both delighted. Also you can see me switching between fingers and plectrum on the guitar-banjo. I was doing this so that during playback I could decide which sounded better and blended with the trio better. (I preferred the sound of fingers but the the plectrum did no harm). We also were allotted a very short time on stage (everyone was, as there was a great deal of music in the program and many guest musicians) so we had to come up with abbreviated versions of our repertoire. The videos were made for this website but also they were done to test our versions. Would we remember where to repeat a section and where not? Would we end together? We were laughing because it seemed to be working.
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