Guitarist Daryl Stuermer came to the Pearson Lakes Art Center last Wednesday and gave everyone a lesson in how to play a guitar. The lead guitarist of the super-group Genesis and later with the Phil Collins Band has toured the world but seemed to enjoy the intimate atmosphere in the Lauridsen Theatre at PLAC.
The keyboard player with Stuermer was Kostia, a Russian by birth, who really played well. He was a delight to watch. Singer/songwriter Eric Andersen joined Stuermer on stage for the first time. He was young, probably 22 or 23 but sang so beautifully, considering most of the songs were hits before he was born. He fit right in with the two much more experienced pros.
Stuermer was interesting to watch as he stood, using several pedals at his feet to change the tones of the guitar he was strumming. His talent with that instrument is beyond normal. He is in a class by himself. The acoustic guitar he played for some of the numbers had such a rich tone!
Anderson sang a soulful rendition of "Your Own Special Way" that was beautiful. I also learned that the Genesis song "I Can't Dance" was about musicians. The humor of the fact that musicians are always on stage and never have the chance to learn to dance was not lost on the audience.
An original song of Elvis's brought young Anderson over to the baby grand piano for "Hey, This Is Not Forever." I really liked that song and the way he performed it.
The audience of Genesis faithfuls were delighted to hear such hits as "Land of Confusion" and "Throwing It All Away" and the Collins co-written "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven."
The finale to an evening of super music came with, of course, "Invisible Touch." We wouldn't have wanted it any other way.