Brandon's been playing saxophone a lot lately. He's even started playing out around town. Last night was his third time playing in public, and it was at Martyr's.
In front of hundreds of people.
And he was really really really nervous.
They played before, after, and alongside some true badasses - guys who started the rockabilly scene out of Chicago back in the 80s. The emcee rattled off the rock pedigrees of the guest musicians all night. They were SO GOOD. In the way that you get REALLY GOOD when you play music for decades and decades.
Walking up Lincoln Avenue at midnight with a beat-up tenor saxophone case, Brandon asked me again and again if they had sounded awful next to those other guys. Who had record deals, cult followings, and years of touring under their belts.
They did not sound awful at all.
Nor did they sound as polished and tight.
But they were freaking THERE. And he soloed every song, his 3rd time playing in front of people. I could not have been prouder of him.