Featured Artist interview - Nathan Daughtrey

There's a saying... "What can go wrong, will." The other part of that saying should read... "and will happen at the most inopportune time."   Kris Ferris

Promo poster for Nathan's recitalFor the first time since my Featured Artist series started back in the summer 2012, I was arriving better prepared than ever for an interview. Recording a segment "on-site" was a new venture for us, so I was excited to be at the home of Dr. Nathan Daughtrey to spend time with him while also giving the series a new "look" by changing the location.

Nathan is an accomplished percussionist and composer who is currently a visiting professor at High Point University. Even before the real interview began, Nathan graciously fielded my questions about the vibraphone and marimba, enlightening me on both instruments and throwing in a few snippets of music as teasers. We settled into his living room in mid-December to talk about his upcoming recital being presented January 15, 2013 on the HPU campus, which was at the top of my list of topics to cover when we talked. Among the things Nathan shared was that he will be playing piano as well as marimba and vibraphone during this recital. While I wasn't immediately surprised, given the obvious range of this musician's talent, he affirmed that it is, in fact, a very big deal. It's the first time he's played piano publicly in more than 20 years! My hat is certainly off to Nathan.

The conversation was lively, informative and not without some surprises, which is one of the cool things I have discovered along the way since beginning these musician interviews. There's always a bit of the story that few people know, that opens up a new layer of that individual for others to see and  know, adding depth to their character and a feeling of warmth and accessibility. Things were going so well that we paid little attention to the time. Before we knew it, more than two hours had passed and we had gone well beyond the typical 30 minutes or so of recorded material. Needless to say, I left there feeling elated.

And then... that inopportune moment. Anxious to see what had been recorded, my heart sank when the first segment played with NO SOUND, then another... and another. But wait! The remaining half or so of footage DID have sound, so I was saved from feeling totally embarrassed and dejected, thank God. While there was now a "situation" to deal with, in that we had lost the portion where Nathan talked about his recital, at least there was something to work with overall. There just wasn't the option, at this time in all our schedules, of reshooting the interview. Unwilling to be defeated by this strange twist of fate, and through the amazing persistence and talent of Melody Watson, a photo montage video was created to allow some last minute promoting for Dr. Daughtrey and to let you know the salvageable sections of our interview will be online soon!

If you're in the area, I hope you'll consider joining us this coming Tuesday evening:

Dr. Nathan Daughtrey, Composition Recital

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 7:30pm until 9:00pm

High Point University's Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel