On Friday evening, I had the pleasure of playing with my favorite band, Keith Henderson and the Illusions. Why are they my favorite band to play with? Well, Keith Henderson puts on quite a show, and he’s won numerous awards for his tribute to Elvis. And all the guys in the band are excellent musicians who are really in touch with their personal style. But more than anything, the Illusions are my favorite band because they’re like family.
I only see these guys a couple of times a year, but when we do get together, we have an instant connection and a guaranteed good time. Everyone in the band is a great musician, but they’re all wonderful people as well. When we rehearse, it’s easy. We eat pizza, shoot the breeze, and then enjoy playing music together. When we perform, it’s to make people happy with our show.
In this situation, I find that I play my very best. When bandmates are positive, considerate, prepared, and open, music flows easily and sounds SO good. Keith can even “surprise” us with songs not on the list, and we’re able to confidently make them happen. We know each other, we know we’re safe, and we know how to listen and work together. And what sounds better than cooperation?