Come on ride that train

Yesterday I played on the “Holiday Magic Train” with Jen as part of Chamber Project St Louis

We were to meet the train at one end of the line (Fairview Heights, Illinois) and we would ride to Shrewsbury (the other end) and back. 

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We met up with a variety of Metrolink employees and the Marketing Director (I think) who was also the sound guy.IMG_3167

When the train arrived, we got on and then the train pulled off to a track that was off to the side so that we could get set up.   We needed to set up our music stands, but they were also setting up microphones, speakers, and all kinds of signs advertising the concert.

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After everything was set up, we got ready to move, and we were off!  It was very strange at first playing on a moving train, but we got used to it.  We played Christmas tunes and light classical music. 

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Some of our friends got on to ride and listen for a bit.  It was a nice to see friendly faces, and to get people to take some pictures.

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In Shrewsbury we had a 15 minute break and then the train headed back.  I had been riding backwards so I was then riding forwards.  It took a little adjustment again, but I was able to use my core strength to really stay upright 😉

Even though it was one of the oddest shows I’ve ever played, it was one of the most fun.  Some people got on the train knowing there was a concert—others were surprised, but most, if not all, seemed pleasantly surprised. 

I hope we can play again next year!

And a teaser photo:  I’m baking cookies right now for the party…

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They are turning out great and I’ll share the recipe soon!

5 thoughts on “Come on ride that train”

  1. So cool! I would be so happy to get on our commuter rail to hear classical strings. Instead, it’s usually some guy playing DJ with his cell phone, ugh.

    1. Lol! Maybe we will start a tour and play on various commuter rail systems in many different cities 😉

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