Several times a year Peace Corps volunteers hold a musical event called “Ahendu” at a club in Asunción. Most of the music performed is rock, jazz, blues. I thought it’d be fun to play the violin but wanted to make sure I played something in keeping with the mood of the night. So, I picked out a piece called “Robot Roll” written by Joe McDermott of Austin, Texas. It’s the coolest song and luckily, Joe made for me an accompaniment track with his musicians at his recording studio. At Ahendu we had a great sound system and a DJ who knew his stuff. At the moment I went onstage and hooked into their system, I knew it was going to be a blast!
At another Ahendu, I played Zombie Caprice, also by Joe, and Leonard Cohen’s slow and rich piece – Hallelujah. The most fun ever was when we performed “All About that Bass” with back-up dancers! I sang and played my own rendition of the crazy song and lots of girlfriends joined me onstage to dance their hearts out!