Every Thursday evening, the musicians of Robertson (well, maybe not all of them, but...) descend upon the Community Technology Centre at Robertson.
"Bone", (photo at left) is the resident pianist, as well as sometime drummer and exponent of the "Blues Harp" ("mouth organ" to the rest of us). A number of other people turn up - different people from week to week. But there are a few regulars. Dave is a guitarist, and vocalist, as are both James, (photo at left) and Niall. Royce brings his drum kit, and also has developed his own Piano routine, when everybody else joins in and does their bit to make it a complete performance. Greg has developed his own act, singing "Wonderful World" in the style of Satchmo. Ritch brings his drums for a bit of hand drumming, and singing. BJ is a regular vocalist (although we missed her last night). Nobody does "My Canary has circles under his eyes" like BJ does. Aniek has been coming along a bit recently, and last night she had stint on the piano, as well as singing. Stu also brought his guitar along last night. The guy in the blue tennis hat, who occasionally sings back-up vocals, is me. Monica and Taz are regulars too. Other occasional visitors and performers are Pip, John H, John G, Steve and Celeste, and Lucy. Apologies to any people I may have missed out on.
Kate is in charge of the orders for Pizzas, (from "Pizzas in the Mist", of course). Last night I had a Robertson Supreme, but the Meatlovers, and the BBQ Chicken are regular favourites with the crowd, as is the Potato Pizza.
Watching Bone, or Aniek or Royce playing the piano, I am constantly bewildered how their hands know where to go, which notes to hit (and NOT to hit). How do they do that? I assume there is a kinetic memory system which tells their fingers where to go. But Bone is also beating time with his feet, and often plays the Blues Harp at the same time. The world is full of amazing people. It is just that I find their talents quite bewildering. I have a hard time keeping the beat with one of those little shell-rattle things. I feel like one of those people who is challenged by walking and chewing gum at the same time.
I love going along to Thursday Music Nights at the CTC. It is open to anyone to come, listen, & join in (or just eat pizza). We are a friendly mob!