Thai Jam

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Photos by Hui-chen

We never know what we are going to run into walking around our neighborhood.  Last evening, Hui-chen and I went around looking for something to do and a place to eat.  Eventually we ended up in the general vicinity of Shaohui’s where a Thai guy had a guitar and was playing some Thai songs.  When he saw me, he handed me his guitar and asked me to play some tunes (everyone in the neighborhood knows that I play).  After a few minutes I went back home and got my Strat and my Roland Micro Cube amplifier so we could play together.


I don’t know this guy’s name but he knows quite a few Thai songs.  I do like Thai pop music and I enjoy listening to Thai songs at Shaohui’s and other Thai places in our neighborhood.  Standing behind the guitar player is the boss of the place next door to Shaohui’sShaohui bought that building and he has to vacate it by the end of this month.


The Thai guitarist was tuned down about 3 half-steps and I had to listen and “play by ear” because looking at the chord structure told me nothing about what he was playing.  No worries, though, it sounded good.


No matter how much weight I lose, I can’t get over the fact that I look like a giant.  I’m not drinking for awhile so the only drinks near me are soda water.


Several other people were either sitting or standing nearby and singing along with us.  It was a good time.  The grill was going in the background (look carefully at the smoke) and there were grilled pork and chicken on the table at all times, along with a piquant Thai dipping sauce.


Since his guitar was tuned low, this guitar player used a lighter and a bunch of rubber bands as a makeshift capo to raise the pitch.


Since this was the only lighter among the people at the table, our jam session was frequently interrupted by others wishing to borrow the guitar to light their cigarettes!  This was just way too funny!

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  1. i’m sure we could arrange for one of these jam sessions the next time you come down! plus, we have Miaoli coming up soon!

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