Kevin Hays, YOU Are MY Sunshine!

September 14, 2009


He makes it look so effortless.

As a (former) classical pianist, I can tell you that manipulating 88 keys on a piano is anything but, and to form those keys in such an elegant and entertaining way so as to hypnotize your listeners – well, that’s just simply awe-inspiring.

Yeah, maybe I’m sounding like an 8-year-old kid watching her handsome teacher at the blackboard (translation = I MIGHT be smitten) but it’s not unfounded.

On Sept 13th, the Kevin Hays Trio graced the audience with two outstanding sets at the Hilton Harrisburg (Downtown), many from Hays’ latest CD, You’ve Got a Friend, which includes the Monk classic Think of One as well as Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Waters. But it was Hays’ magnificently-executed rendition of You Are My Sunshine that blew me away. And I’m sure I was not the only one: you could hear a pin drop during that tune. In the vernacular: He laid this thang down!

Following the performance he did the artist thing: signed CDs, schmoozed, etc., but what was even more impressive to me was that he took “a moment” to speak with me for my “After Hours with…” piece (written for CPFJ’s member newsletter). That “moment” turned into 45 minutes where we chilled.

We laughed.

I gawked.

(Yeah, definitely smitten.)

Up next: Some 22-year-old kid they call Eldar. Check out that post later.

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