Last year, I got an unusual request: to be a guest DJ for a Plymouth Rocks’ event at the Mayflower Brewing Company. Music. Beer. Vinyl. Since I work for the Phil, come from the Brewing Capital of the World and am old enough to have one hour’s worth of music on vinyl, I blurted out: You bet! The next day, my first thought was: I’m dead.
Here’s the thing: my vinyl collection is from a very specific time period: my teens and my twenties. I just wasn’t sure how the Kinks, Cars and Waitresses would play with today’s audience. Not to mention Steve Forbert, The Police or The Pretenders.
Well, it was too late to back out, so I dug in. Over the next three hours, I took my dusty albums and turntable out for a test-spin. Joe Jackson, Al Stewart, Tom Petty. Nick Lowe. I not only remembered their music; I actually remembered THEM. Years ago, I had seen all these great recording artists in concert. And, as I settled in for a long drive down Memory Lane, I got my big “aha” moment: I’d only play the music I’d heard LIVE!
My big DJ day came, and I was nothing but nerves. I cued up Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes first, and it seemed to go over well. Danny’s All-Star Joint. More smiles and nods. For the next sixty minutes, I spun Thunder Road, Lilly’s Daddy’s Cadillac, Five Guys Named Moe, Check Your Bucket and dozens more oldies, along with a personal story to go with them. By the end of the night, I was surrounded by vinyl and a roomful of friends.
The Music is the Magic. That’s next season’s theme. But, it’s really every season’s theme. No matter what music we play, it brings us together in very unexpected, almost magical, ways. And, we’re not only spinning all kinds of great music. We’re doing it LIVE! We’re also doing it with you.
As we spin out another amazing season, I need to ask for your help. Please make a contribution to the Phil today. I know that request seems odd when we’re selling out concerts. However, even though more and more people are becoming fans of the Phil, tickets sales only cover 40% of our production expenses, and costs continue to rise.
Our goal isn’t to make money. It’s to continue making music... AND memories. Please make your gift before our fiscal year ends on June 30 so we can start next season on a good note.
PS. Thanks to a generous, anonymous donor, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling its impact.