After a long COVID-induced hiatus, I just completed my first recording session in nearly a year and a half. There was a particularly interesting aspect to this session. 50 years ago, when I was trying to find my place in this world and had dreams of making it as a musician, I met a keyboard player in Seattle named Benny Watson. He was six years older than me and could play classical, jazz, and rock. He was a solid guy and I learned a lot from him, about both music and life. He’s in the book I’m working on, “Street Song.” Ten years ago or so, I started looking for him. I wanted to interview him for the book, but couldn’t find him. Every now and then I’d try another Internet search, and finally, less than a year ago, I found him in Oakland. He still makes his living playing music. I thought it would be appropriate to hire him to play on a song for my recording project. I chose “Sweet Thing” the Van Morrison tune from Astral Weeks. At the time I met Benny, I was a fresh convert to the Astral Weeks cult, so having him play on that track was doubly appropriate. Anyway, today we recorded him on piano and organ, and it came out great.

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  1. Glad to know you’re still out there searching. Missed you!

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