When The Sax Man Plays Part 1 Making It Excerpt
Kipper rushed through the corridors backstage, avoiding the hazardous cables and wires, searching. Jason beckoned to him, the frown creasing his face telling Kipper he had cut it fine, timing wise. The band were announced and cheering went up: Sophie, Anna and Leanne were in the front row, wolf-whistling as they took up their positions.
Georgie allowed herself a little grin at them before her face set into a more serious expression. She was perfectly comfortable wearing her soft black leather trousers, and the funky emerald satin blouse her friends had chosen for her. Their shopping trip had seemed so many months ago, but in reality only two months had elapsed since.
She took a few calming breaths, smiling when she heard them chanting her name, catching Jason’s eye and smiling at him. She looked too at Kipper, who blew her a kiss, and Dave, who winked at her. They were all on an adrenaline high, she was thankful the adrenaline overtook the nerves swamping her stomach. Jason had rigged the auto cue screen at the bottom of the stage with her words, just in case. It was such a sweet gesture. She was determined to not need them, but the reassurance alone was enough.
Jason began the rhythm quietly, building up speed and volume; Kipper’s piano and Dave’s guitar producing the perfect harmony: Georgie began on cue.
Silence filled the room, but soon, Georgie could see that the crowd were really getting into the music, all swaying and clapping their hands with the rhythm, no doubt down to her girlfriends in the front, who had started it all off, the gesture adding such an atmosphere. Georgie relaxed as they reached the chorus, swinging her hips and shoulders with the beat.
As the end of the song approached, Georgie took a few steps backwards, finishing the song and gesturing to Jason, then left to Kipper, then right to Dave. Dave came towards her, taking her hand with his, and leading her to the front of the stage as the crowd roared, making her take a bow in front of them, much to her embarrassment and everyone else’s amusement.
Cheering and clapping echoed in their ears as the four walked off stage. Each grinning at each other, congratulating each other.
“We did it!” Georgie was breathless with exhilaration, her face bright, her eyes shining.
“We’ve definitely done it!” Kipper boasted. “Definitely.” He pointed at Jason, who was looking rather pleased with himself. “You play a mean set of drums, for a jazz man.”
Jason laughed. “You’ve got to be multi-talented in the music world.”
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