The second last week of April (the week of April 20th) I was excited and I wanted to start the week strong. On Monday april 20th I woke up early, had breakfast, did a workout, watched a video for an online technical music production course I am taking through Coursera (I highly recommend their online education courses). I felt so proactive I wanted to shout out; “Everythings Coming Up Tara!” and then the unthinkable happened….I damn well cut the top of the middle finger of my left hand with a dull serrated knife. And this cut was deep.
As I am over the kitchen sink screaming, running the wound under cold water Don runs into the kitchen, gets me to calm down and gets our first aid kit. I have to say Don was awesome! He got me to apply pressure to the wound, he bandaged it up and then he got online to search for a clinic for me to go to so, I could see a doctor because I could possibly need stitches. Lets be honest no one wants to go to a hospital during a pandemic so a medical physician can look at at deep cut…there are more pressing medical issues in a pandemic. I digress….
Don has been to a really nice (private) medical clinic in the Ku’damm area so, he reached out to the clinic to inquire if they would see me. They said yes, so we hopped on the S-bahn and made our way to the clinic. When we arrived, I filled out the necessary paperwork, and the receptionist told me the wait would be an hour (as a side note…I have waited longer to see doctors at a clinic..I’m Canadian! I’m kidding…I love Canada’s healthcare system.) so, I waited patiently to see a physician. When I saw the doctor she was nice, spoke excellent english and as she took a look at the wound (which had stopped bleeding) she said; “I don’t think this will need stitches but since this is not my specialty, I’ll call our in-house surgeon to take a look at it for a second opinion.”. The surgeon came down, she looked at it and confirmed that I did not need stitches. So, they bandaged me up, told me not to use the finger (meaning…I can’t play the guitar”) and sent me on my way.
Did this hamper my ability to play the guitar? Yes. Can I play another instrument with my right hand? Yes! I am musically saved because I can play my synthesizer and a…
Matthew reached out to us that even because, he saw photos of my bandaged hand plastered all over my social media. We had to figure out what songs we could do together for “World is Watching” episode 6 and since I could not play the guitar we would have to strategize a workaround. Matthew suggested I could sing backing vocals on one of his songs called “Why Why Why” which is a beautiful song about riding a BC Ferry back to Vancouver from Vancouver Island and the beauty of British Columbia (I have always loved singing that song!). Don suggested we try to find a triangle for me to play and we actually found a friend who could donate one for this musical cause. Ta Daa ships bell!
The original song I could contribute for the episode would would be “Facciola State of Mind (Sticky Dance Floor Mix)”. Why? It’s a dance track and I would only have to do a keyboard line because, the majority of the track is in the can. Even Matthew would only have to contribute cool sounds to the song. Now for the story behind the “Tequila Boom Boom!”.
“Facciola State of Mind” is a song I wrote for a friend named Aurora Facciola and she owns an Italian wine bar/restaurant in Kreuzberg called “Facciola” and marketing hashtag for her establishment is #FacciolaStateofMind. Sometimes she’ll have a food theme night and on one particular evening the menu theme was Mexican and when you do Mexican food you MUST include shots of tequila! Don and I were there for Mexican night and as I consumed tequila a lyric came to my head; “Auroa shouts boom boom, drink tequila boom boom” and I came up with a short melody for the lyric. Auroa liked it so, at the end of the evening we (the people & staff in the wine bar) were all singing “Auroa shouts boom boom drink, tequila boom boom”. The lyric stuck!
A few months later (around January 2019) Facciola was celebrating it’s 4th year anniversary so, I decided to write a song called “Facciola State of Mind” as a gift. The original version of the song (available on all streaming platforms) is very rock/blues oriented and half way through the “Tequila Boom Boom” is a highlight of the song. For Facciola’s 5 year anniversary (January 2020) I decided to make “Facciola State of Mind” a dance track as a gift. So, the song would be perfect addition to the “World is Watching You” set list! For the video shoot I shot tequila and Matthew did a few shots of tequila. And we even got Aurora and her fiancé Anna to film themselves doing shots so, Don could edit them into the video.
As Matthew and I were promoting teaser for “World is Watching” Episode 6 we suggested all who watch the premier on Youtube should do tequila shots with us! Episode 6 premiered on Youtube on Monday, April 27th and the drinking shots concept was a hit! Talk about interactive.
I am still pissed I cut my hand but, I am glad I could share this story with you. So, for all of you out there that decided to take a moment to read this blog I hope you all stay safe and stay healthy!
It’s time for a glass of wine and search for a new hair salon via google. 😉