That is how my performance this past Saturday at my wedding was described to me by a musician friend. I will accept a measure of credit, certainly, but the harmonica, itself was the secret star of the evening. My wife has listened to many hours of playing on many dozens of different harmonicas over the years and she could tell the difference the harp made right away.
The band chose Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy” for my sit-in and we brought the house down. It was so awesome and people were so into it that the band played the entire song twice, including two lengthy solos by yours truly. I don’t generally play with bands or on stage, preferring instead to take evening walks in my neighborhood and play anonymously into the night. But of all the times I’ve put a harp in front of a mic, this was by far the most invigorating sound I’ve coaxed out of an instrument yet. All of that volume control I wrote about last time came in unbelievably handy in blending my sound with the band. I was able to produce a nice restrained sound while still getting a great tone that sounded beautiful under the guitar, bass, drums and sax. My Seydel lacked the harshness that so often grates against ones’ ears coming through a mic and, soft to loud, the crowd was wooed by my sound the whole way through.
And the responsiveness in changing notes! The gapping in my 1847 Classic is so wonderfully tight that I was able to pull off some ridiculous licks with no cracking and no missing notes! By way of explanation, I’ve been playing for 5 years now but still, when I get into fast licks that cover large areas of scales or multiple octaves, I often miss a note or two along the way on my Hohners or Suzukis.
But not on my Seydel. <big smile>
I can’t believe how well this harp performed. I bought it specifically because I heard it was an awesome instrument suitable for gigs and this was going to be the most special gig I’ve ever played – a song for my new wife and for the friends and family that joined us to celebrate our wedding. Man, what an awesome harmonica. I can’t wait to buy another.
Photo credit goes to Rebecca Lozer, taken at my wedding reception. Thanks!