Cheer When You’re Getting It!

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Sing us a song, you’re the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well, were all in the mood for a melody
And you’ve got us feelin’ alright

The intimacy and casualness of a piano bar-like performance holds endless promise. A great and wise man asked me today, Would you prefer to see sElf’s Matt Mahaffey perform a set of songs by himself (highly recommended) or with a full band?

My reaction was instinctive like; there was no pondering. Whatsoever. I’d prefer the man doing what he does best: creating a one man jam. This mini-performance below is what I can provide for you. The quality could be better; but Matt at the keys, giving us a collection of the songs below, is reason enough to not complain of the fidelity.

Better Than Aliens

You’re a Drug

Crimes on Paper

Placing the Blame

Like the ’99 masterpiece that is Breakfast With Girls, our own piano man closes out his set with the triumphant and always powerful, “Placing the Blame”….

sElf :: Lounge Piano Medley


1 Response to “Cheer When You’re Getting It!”

  1. June 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    For the life of me, I cannot remember the show in which this medley was performed. But if I’m not mistaken, I believe it was inserted during a show (in which he gave the rest of a band a break…in between an encore perhaps). It’s funny how people can be hear talking in the background; giving an impression that some were bored with the breakdown and decided to converse with their friends instead.

    It is cool to think about the possibility of seeing him truly perform a show all by himself. I know he’s given it some thought in year’s past. However, I wonder if I’d grow tired of the gimmick after a bunch of songs and long for a full band to rock out. As impressive of a feat a one-man-band actually is, there’s no doubt it takes a little away from the magic of a given song.

    I suppose that notion is relative since many studio versions of his songs aren’t easily reproducible in a live setting anyway.

    All in all, I’d take either in a heartbeat.

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