to Elliott Bell's first single, #Hallelujah
, that I helped him put together more so on the mixing and business end.
I've known Mr. Bell since 2011 at #HaroldWashingtonCollege
. He not only learned music (theory, aural skills, history, etc.), but he also applied what he learned in the church setting where he is the Minister of Music. He also was a recording student at the college I work at.
I'll never forget the day when a recording student had booked a recording session with another pianist who was accompanying her on an Anita Baker cover, "You Bring Me Joy". The pianist in question never showed up and the recording student was in utter disbelief.
Then a classically trained piano student just happens to come by the studio. While she had plans, she decided to help with recording the song. She read the sheet music as written on paper and to that end, her classically trained piano playing felt robotic and had no life in the song, but beggars couldn't be choosers at that point. After she left, we were left with a mediocre recording of the cover.
Out of nowhere and miraculously at that, Elliott decided to show up. We told him of the situation and he decided to help. While we had the sheet music on hand, to my utter surprise, he never heard the song before. So, we had him #YouTube
the song and had him sit there for a little while (about 15 or so minutes). When he got his hand on the keys, he followed the chords written on top of the sheet music, but he also improvised in various areas of the song where it needed most. This is one of my favorite stories to tell students that classical, jazz and gospel pianists all have their perks!
One of the greatest things that Elliott ever taught me is the power of #Forgiveness
on more than just one occasion. He is one of the best human beings on the planet who certainly deserves the best in what love and life has to offer.