As far as Rep. Ted Deutch is concerned, there’s always time to tickle the ivories.
The Florida Democrat spontaneously began playing a few bars Wednesday, following a Recording Academy briefing for lawmakers interested in intellectual property rights. As part of the advocacy effort, hit-maker Harvey Mason Jr. — who has worked with performers ranging from Aretha Franklin to Justin Bieber — treated Deutch and Reps. Judy Chu, D-Calif., John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Tom Marino, R-Pa., to a sneak preview of “Who Do You Love,” an unreleased track from Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson’s forthcoming album.
According to an HOH tipster, Deutch “stole some limelight when he gave an impromptu (and very short) riff on the keyboard.”
Not that anyone should be terribly surprised.
While the aspiring musician doesn't perform all that often — “I just played a little bit after my mom made me take piano lessons for many, many years,” a modest-sounding Deutch told SiriusXM in 2012 about his contribution to the congressional remix of “A Little Revival” — he’s also none too shy about rocking about with friends.
“He rarely turns down an opportunity to sit down and play when there’s a piano at any event,” a Deutch aide said of his penchant for communing with his favorite instrument.