Sometimes, things just work out. There were scheduling difficulties and a last minute search for an acoustic guitar with nylon strings. However, when the morning of July 31st arrived, everything fell into place for the first episode of Ice Fishing With Dan’s ‘The Harlem Sessions’.
The venue, Paris Blues Bar, is an enchanted spot. Owned and operated by the unbelievably gracious and generous Samuel Hargress since 1969, the bar carries the history of a neighborhood that has lost many of its jewels over the years. To say it represents a bygone era would be false, because Paris Blues Bar transcends time.
The artist, Cold Specks, is one of the most gifted and unique musicians to release an album in recent memory. As was mentioned when we reviewed her debut LP, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, Cold Specks has the otherworldly ability to sound both familiar and entirely new. Perhaps, wise beyond her years or the possessor of an old soul, adjectives fail to accurately describe her talent, which is limitless.
So, when these elements combined with the stunning camerawork and direction of Louis Sparre and his Electric Tweed crew, it was clear that my hopes and visions for ‘The Harlem Sessions’ were to be realized. These sessions are intended to celebrate and evoke the spirit of Harlem, NY. We plan to pair our favorite musicians with some of the neighborhood’s most treasured venues, presenting both in a unique spotlight. Stay tuned for future sessions, and additional videos from our set with Cold Specks.