My heart stopped on the night of Thursday December 2, 2016 when I saw on Facebook a promotional post for Joe Satriani’s first and sole Seoul concert on February 10, 2017. For the first time in my life, I thanked God for Facebook’s creepy, spooky algorithms.
There were quite a few mistakes in this otherwise amazing performance of Joe Satriani’s “Midnight” from his classic Surfing With The Alien (1987) album. I thought about doing another take, but I was worried my neighbors were sick of hearing it. I had really strange unmusical neighbors.
Although this is a solo guitar piece, I wouldn’t be surprised if Joe Satriani wrote “Tears in the Rain” on piano as I found it much easier to play on piano despite still being a beginner. Plus, the guitar part has some big stretches for the right hand, which probably aren’t a problem for Joe at all, so maybe he did write it on one of his guitars. I don’t know; I’m just typing my random thoughts.
A spur-of-the-moment decision to record this Joe Satriani classic while watching Korea play Japan in the semi-final of the Asia Cup resulted in this video. It’s not a perfect performance, but I’m satisfied enough with it to move on to the next piece (the story of my life), which is also by Joe. Below the official video is a practise video offering you a glimpse into my gruelling practise routine:
I have really fond memories of playing “Day at the Beach” from Joe Satriani’s 1989 opus Flying in a Blue Dream at my high school’s musical variety night way back in 1990. Sadly, that was the end of my professional career because about a year later I developed carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand and had to stop playing regularly. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an injury due to the repetitive use of muscles in the hand. It is sadly quite common amongst musicians, particularly pianists and violinists.
I haven’t played very much since then, but I recently bought a new guitar to see if my hand was up to playing again. I’m too busy to play as much as I used to, so I think my hand will be fine. Fingers crossed. This was one the first pieces I wanted to revisit. Although I’m still pretty rusty in this video, I was surprised at how easily my fingers seemed to remember this piece.