Music and Life Moments
It’s 3am. I’ve just completed another very successful performance for a office holiday party. While I should be getting ready for sleep, there is an important experience I need to share –
“My audiences continually remind me that what I do, is not trivial. When a DJ really focuses on the needs of his audience, the results can be life changing. Music unlocks the power of memories and rawest of emotions. It provides clarity or a temporary escape.”
Last Saturday I was performing at the Fairmont Banff Springs. Like every party, I made a point to mingle and collect song requests from the audience before dinner. This pre-work gives me an sense of musical tastes. At one point I introduced myself to a man name Tareb, and his wife Jennifer. Right away Tareb requested, “At Last” by Etta James. It was a great suggestion especially for a room full of mostly married couples!
I opened the dance with “At Last.” As expected all the couples slow danced together. Immediately after the song finished, Tareb requested another song. It was a good suggestion, so I played it a few songs later.
Tareb came and requested no fewer than 15 songs throughout the night. That is a LOT! However, his requests were perfectly in line with songs that fit the needs of the crowd. I played every single one of his requests over the course of 4 hours.
As I announced the last song at 1am, “The Christmas Song” to help disperse the crowd, Tareb came to me and requested me to play “At Last” by Etta James once again. I’ve learned over my career that “encores” or playing past the scheduled time are rarely good ideas. But my “DJ ituition”, told me to make another exception for Tareb.
After the Christmas Song finished, I played “At Last” at half volume. Jennifer and Tareb danced together alone as all the guests dispersed to their rooms. As I was packing up a few minutes later, Jennifer came to me. She gave me a big hug and said,
‘Thank you Eric. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you playing our Wedding Song twice. I also want to thank you for being so patient with my husband and making sure he enjoyed himself. I’m not sure if he told you, but his brother passed away last week. You were able to distract him from his grief for a few hours. You are amazing. Have a Merry Christmas!”
I am still left speechless.