Since I took the plunge into playing music again when I took up the drums eight years ago, I have enjoyed this change in my life’s path immensely! So much to learn. Amazing people that I have met, still meet, and some have become friends. And lots of music making! One example being open jams.
I got my feet wet going to blues jams, and those became a regular monthly treat – hang out with friends, see some wicked blues playing, laugh, and get up for my turn to jam with all kinds of highly skilled and talented musicians. I always felt humbled in such superb company, and they were always supportive and encouraging to me.
On a few of those occasions, this song – “Ophelia” – would crop up, and it immediately became one of my favourites. It has such a wonderful feel and groove to it. Whenever I’d hear the song, I would always wonder who the original artists were…and I’d keep forgetting to ask.
Imagine my surprise when my wish was finally answered from an unexpected source! I went with a girlfriend to a local small theatre a few months ago, where there was a special viewing of the film, “The Last Waltz,” a 1978 documentary-style film, featuring mainly The Band as well as other music greats. Prior to that another friend had recommended that I see that movie whenever I get that chance. So I did. And my friend, Micheline, and I loved every minute of it. On the theatre screen and with surround sound, watching that film felt like ACTUALLY being there for The Band’s concert – what an exhilarating feeling! And what a show!
And yes, “Ophelia” is one of several songs performed in the film by the original artists ie. The Band! Such a thrill!
Here it is…
The Band – “The Shape I’m In”