Wednesday, May 13, 2009
15 minutes of fame
Mine came when my friend Paul Clark called me up a couple of months ago and told me that he wanted to play sax at a small show with Phil Keaggy and a bunch of other really cool musicians. Phil Keaggy is really a legendary guitar player, although many who aren't familiar with Christian artists have never heard of him. When I first heard him play at a concert in Dallas in 1993, I was absolutely spellbound. The moment I heard him play was the moment I knew that I wanted to play the guitar. At that time, I was just a sax player. I'll always be a sax player at heart, and it was really fun to perform again even though my chops are certainly not what they used to be. It was cool to look down at my feet and see Phil's Olson guitar in its case. I actually kicked it (gently) by accident at one point in the show. Phil had to come over and get his strap out of this case, and as I helped him undo the back latch, he looked up (way up...he is very short) and said to me, "You're a good player." All I could muster was, "Uh...you are too." Duh. I was hoping to get a chance to visit with him a little more after the show, but it never happened. Too many people beat me to the punch. Oh well, I guess he will just remain a mystical icon to me instead of an everyday guy that way. I'm thankful for the opportunity.