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Singin’ In The Rain

The King and I: Elson poses with Thai Elvis

I got the rare opportunity to mix my music and community worlds this morning as I was one of the two live acts providing entertainment for a community health fair event called “Live, Work and Play in East Hollywood,” which took place on the street-level plaza of the Metro Red Line’s Hollywood/Western station. It was organized by a non-profit called Thai Community Development Center, (of which I am a board member of). The headliner? Why the one, the only Kavee Thongpricha, otherwise known as Thai Elvis!

Thing was, it was raining cats, dogs and other domesticated mammals that afternoon. For some reason, when I got up and played (I did two short sets), it started to pour…luckily I schlepped my acoustic guitar and nothing else. No way would I bring my keyboard or any other electronic gear in such conditions. At leas this was my first gig ever where I got there on the subway, pretty cool. I can’t recall my setlist, but it was mostly acoustic classic R&B tunes like Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On?” and Sam Cooke’s “Change Is Gonna Come.”