Jam last night...
I went to a jam night that happens regularly here, last night. I've been a few times before with a guitarist friend who is pretty well connected with blues musicians in the area and whatnot. It's always great fun. We usually play some jazzy blues numbers, like Kenny Burrell's 'Chitlins con Carne' and Wes Montgomery's 'Montgomeryland Funk'.
Last night I got up with some guys who I only vaguely knew. I thought we'd just do some blues, as that's the usual dealio there. We did 'Ain't No Sunshine' and 'I Feel Good'. I didn't know how to play either of those songs, although I knew the songs well from listening to them. As you can imagine, when he called Ain't No Sunshine, I was nervous as hell. I've only started playing in front of others again recently after a few years of being a bedroom warrior.
After being shown that bass hook and the V-IV turnaround we ripped into it, and it was so much fun! The turnaround happened in different places each time, because different soloists would stretch out the A section for as long as they wanted, so it meant I had to listen out for them heading for the V chord, which was great fun. Sure, I messed up a bit, but it's the first time I've been thrown a song I don't know and ran with it. I only wish now that, underneath the soloists, I came up with a more interesting groove in the A section, after abandoning that hook. I had something cool going, but I always look back and think I could have done it better. I know for next time!
Bit of a useless story, but I thought I'd share it anyway, cause it was so fun!