A jam session with my grandfather by E.L. Taylor III
Grandad tune’s up his electric guitar
I tighten my drum heads, tape up my sticks
Grandad plays a short melody to warm up
I play some drum patterns to warm up my chops
It was amazing that I had this connection with my grandfather —music.
Music was always a way for me to stand out and actually be heard.
An only child leads a lonely life, so to have a grandfather who played guitar was amazing.
Grandad wanted to play some blues.
I suggested some B.B. King.
Grandad said that would be great.
I click my sticks to count us off.
Grandad plays the opening lick to B.B. King’s – Thrill is Gone
I started playing the drum part
And just before he goes to sing the opening vocals
My dad steps in and sings ….Thrill is gone!
Why I love my family.