Sometimes putting together a live show night after night can be a little stressful. But we’re able to manage it with a few sources of comfort. One is what we at TRMS lovingly call the “carb-denza” – a credenza frequently stocked by generous coworkers with cupcakes, candy and today a peach pie!
But for the last two weeks we have had a non-edible stress reliever around here– live R&B. No no, the Roots didn’t trade Jimmy Fallon for the Maddow office (but any time Questlove!) Our musical guests these couple of weeks weren’t even in our office, but we could definitely hear them. They were right outside on 6th Avenue, playing classic hits by The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Hall and Oates and we could hear them loud and clear a few stories up. This street band got more than a few heads bopping in the office, a crowd of several dozen listeners outside, and even a tweeted shout out from our neighbor, Chris Hayes.
Just when you start to lose hope about race relations, 3 black musicians on 6th avenue start covering the entire Hall and Oates catalogue— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 23, 2013
So I decided to go chat with them.
The band serenading us is called The Swann Conaway Project, featuring Swann Conaway on guitar and vocals, Lawrence Christian on drums and Will “Hey Swann– what’s Will’s last name?” on bass. They’ve been together for about a year and play outside our office because that’s where the crowd loves them (in and out of the building). And they play classic rock and R&B because, well, I’ll let them do the talking:
So while we’re in here working on our mission to share the news with you folks, our new buddies are right outside working on their mission to keep R&B alive. And we sure have been enjoying it!