VIDEO: Bootleg of the 'With A Little Help From My Friends' benefit gig surfaced yesterday and I want share it with you. Thanks to Tom Pileggi for capturing this brilliance.After running in the early heat of almost the first day of Summer, my body melted into the patio chair crevices. Sweat dripped, pooling on the bricks. Our kittens, nearly cats now, considered me an affectionate obstacle on their path between squirrel stalking in the woods and the food dish on the front step. Worth "Hello" but far too fucking hot to linger.
Laura cracked open cold Yuenlings: "Alright, let's check out this video."
Tapped play on the iPad. Window rattling distorted electric guitar scorched from the big speakers inside. I stared unfocused into the trees, listening intently, Laura too. Chris' blues chords paused then poured into searing note leads.
I busted out laughing.
If you've ever had a conversation with Chris you know how fast he thinks. Sly one-liners slipped into the dialogue, you might not catch for a paragraph or two. Full on Jersey Shore attitude mixed with playful asides. This music, this blues improv, is exactly like talking to him...and so it made me laugh.
His playing is so good.
You can hear an absolutely ridiculous depth of music theory as he dances through the progression, nodding to The Blues in passing, shirtless on a rice rocket tooling between lanes of weekend car pedestrians backed up on the GS Parkway. You know what I'm talkin' about. 120 mph wheelie, off at the next exit.
And the whole damn thing is improv. Buono's playing is improv. Carlock & Jenkins' backing is improv. The guitar is a build improv. Getting it into the show was improv...now wrap your mind around the fact that Chris had almost literally never seen or played this guitar before this song. First to experience this new neck profile. Two minute backstage soundcheck: "We're on."
And yet somehow.