A long distance wedding performance, continued #2


My sister’s next request was familiar to me. ‘The Luckiest’, by Ben Folds from his 2001 solo album ‘Rockin’ the Suburbs’ is a beautiful, if not slightly left-field love song to his wife. Now, this one I knew quite well as that album gets a regular bashing when Kathy and I are in the midst of meal prep, renovations and the like.

So, when Barbara asked, I was only too glad to comply. I approached friend and musical associate Tarryn Kille from Tarkine Strings to accompany me on three collaborations to be performed and videoed for the wedding. Members of the Tarkine Strings and I have delivered many genre’s from diddly-diddly (politically incorrect?) to contemporary classics, to classical (an eye-opener for this non-dot-reading muso). I knew Tarryn and I were going to have fun with ‘The Luckiest’ and the other two songs I’ll post about in coming weekends.

Set up in our new studio, with Kathy on lights, cameras and audio recording, Tarryn and I got to work:

Michael and Tarryn perform Ben Folds’ The Luckiest, from his 2001 album ‘Rockin’ the Suburbs’

Footnote: I’ve performed ‘The Luckiest’ live in the past: twice at the Burnie Carols event with Kate Greene on piano and two years later with Stephanie Perry on cello. The third performance was at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery where I was accompanied by Julie Swain on the gallery’s imposing grand piano.