While the title of this post sounds like an odd alteration of the classic joke genre, it’s actually a description an event (that my son described as “epic”) that happened here recently. Last Friday, Solebury School’s Rock Band class had a big concert. The set list had about ten songs, including some of my favorites. There was “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5, “Rosanna” by Toto, and a couple of Tom Petty songs. One of the coolest parts of the concert is that they played three songs by British punk pioneers The Buzzcocks with The Buzzcocks own bass guitarist Steve Garvey! This is just an example of the amazing things that happen because we have Cathy Block on the faculty. Cathy has had a long musical career, performing with, and writing music for some amazing artists. Her connections in the industry have brought experiences like this to our students for years. As another example, she recently held a contest here where a student band was selected to go record at Morning Star studios in Philadelphia with Glenn Barratt whose work has earned him over twelve gold and multi-platinum records and four Grammy awards. Most of the members of the band that was selected are in our Rock Band class so you’ll see them on the below video.
One of the songs they played was “Scenes from an Italian Restauarant” by Billy Joel. I was walking around campus with a visiting student the week before the concert and stopped by their class and heard they were doing this song. I’m a Jewish guy from Long Island who was born in 1971. The first album I remember listening to regularly was Billy Joel’s The Stranger on 8 TRACK! This song is one of my all time favorites. I heard this song and began a process through which I completely and shamelessly weaseled my way into performing with them. Thank you so much to Jess and Izzy in particular for being so generous of spirit and letting me share the stage with them!
While I was good for some comedic relief, the real stars of the show were the students, Cathy, and all around Solebury hero Anthony Porter who somehow always finds time to sing with the Rock Band despite everything else he does here. Great job everyone! Enjoy the video!