Monday music: “Then the Music Begins”

Back in the 1990s, I was part of a band called the Don’t Quit Your Day Job Players, which started out as a trio: Peter J. Heck on lead guitar and vocals, David M. Honigsberg on rhythm guitar and vocals, and me on percussion and backup vocals. We were later joined by Alexandra Elizabeth Honigsberg on violin, viola, and backup vocals and Rik Cleary on bass. We recorded our first CD in 1996, called TKB with that lineup, along with Nat Andreassi on drums.

In 1998, Pete quit the band and Steven L. Rosenhaus joined up. Steve not only sang lead and backup both, but also plays guitar and mandolin. We also used a series of guest drummers, mostly Nat, Tom Laubenthal, and Don Daley. Rik quit after we recorded our second CD, Blues Spoken Here, in 1999, and we went through a few bassists after that — Fred Andreassi, Pat O’Brien, and Bonnie Bowers. The band finally split up in 2000.

Sadly, that was before YouTube, so none of our music is saved there, though I may someday work to get at least the tracks from the two CDs on there. In the meantime, both David (before his tragic death in 2007) and Steve made solo CDs after the band split, and I was fortunate enough to provide percussional accompiment on three of the cuts on Steve’s 2003 release, A Man Like Me.

One of the three is a song we did with the DQYDJPs: “Then the Music Begins,” which Steve often describes as “The Gipsy Kings meets Stephen King.” Here it is, with Steve playing some beautiful Spanish guitar, James T. Oakar (who also produced the CD) doing the classical guitar solo, and me on the bongos.

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