WHO do you choose?
Which one of these simons would you be MOST happy to play with, if they showed up in your local pub to join the session?
And who would be LEAST welcome if it was up to you?
(I`m sure that we already all know ,or even are, at least one of them 😉
1.SIMON BODHRÁNJOKE: He loves his bodhrán, and he loves hearing himself playing it. (He`s quite sure that everybody else loves to play with him as well) The weekly session is the light in his life, nothing in the world is better than that, - and that`s why he shows up every single week, and plays along with every single tune, not matter what kind of tune it is. (And no matter if his drumming fits the tune at all, and no matter if he`s out of pace with the rest , because these small problem doesn`t excist in Simon Bodhránjokes brain, the only thing that ecxists is the bodhránlove in his heart)
2.SIMON ARROGANT: He`s extreemely good at playing his instrument! And everybody else should know that they`re not as good as him. He guess that they all agree on this, otherwise he`ll tell you with small hints. The music in the session has to be perfect all the time. If it isn`t, it will always be someone elses fault. If someone makes a mistake, he`ll not say anything about this directly, but he`ll at once look at the person in a way that leaves no doubt that he means that this musicdestroyer should never have come to the session at all and that he obviously just came to ruin the fun for the rest of the group.
3.SIMON SHY: He`s there, but you don`t really notice. Well, you notice that someone is sitting in the group, because you were just thinking that you wished that you had his chair. At the other hand, you might also sometimes notice that he`s there because he`s sitting almost outside of the group instead of in it. You might also notice that someone drinks one or two of the bearbottles that comes to the table from the bar. The only thing that you really don`t notice about him is actually his music. The reason for this is simply that he doesn`t play. His instrument is there, but either on his knee or not even up. After a couple of hours he takes it up, and plays along with one tune or two. Then it takes a couple of hours before he`s playing again. When someone is commenting this, he says that this is for the other musicians best, and that they shouldn`t be bottered by his playing, as his playing is probably not good enough for being heard.
4.SIMON NEO-TRAD: He`s so creative! He suddenly got this bright idea that the irish traditional music would sound alot better with an electric base as a grounding. And, luckily for the musicians at the local session, simon actually has a base and knows how to play it! He thinks that this sounds so good, that he plays along with every tune, and decides that the next time, he`ll bring his cello, and then his mouthorgan, and then he could make some bluesmoves and he`s got this perfect idea of how to go from a reel to something more bluesy! And, by the way, he also knows a couple of jigs on the saxophone!
Now I can`t think of any other simons.. (I didn`t choose that name for any particular reason by the way..)