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Why 52 Gigs?

Please go to www.timheenan.com to see where I’m playing next

Short Answer-Experience and Exposure

I have been playing guitar and singing for about 30 years. I’ve never taken it very seriously but have had great times playing and singing around camp fires, parties or just about anywhere anybody would listen. I’ve always wanted to pursue the idea of taking it to the….

Gig #52 Success Feels Good Original

Gig #52

3/9/13

Gig #52, “Success”

 

The Gig

It was a blast and the place was packed.Getting to this gig has consumed me for the last couple of months,but was definitely worth it. I could not have been happier with outcome. My plan was to have all the musicians that I collaborated with along the way perform with me. To prepare, I held rehearsals at my house once a week with each person or group. We rehearsed almost every week for 7 or 8 weeks prior to the show. Aside from a full time day job, the rehearsals kept me busy 3 nights a week and I gigged almost every Friday night. I committed any remaining time I could find to practice and to honing the songs that I already knew or the songs that I was learning with the other participating musicians – I didn’t take the time to learn any new songs during this time, I just wanted to focus on the 52nd gig.

Following are the musicians that performed:
Tom Cocozzoli – song-writer, guitarist and former leader of the band Gossip In The Forest.
Chis Hillabrand — guitarist who has performed with several bands including Chasin’ God and the Mike Espy Band.
Tom Moore – Tim’s longtime friend and musician.
Rachel Rayl – a 16 year old inspiring singer and song-writer from Grand Ledge.
I was hoping to get Chip Christy to perform with me as well, he has been extremely busy with projects of his own. As I wrote about in some of my earliest commentaries, chip was very instrumental in providing opportunities for me to play very early on.

The Lesson Learned:
Ahhhh…. the lesson learned, There have been many, as I have written about in my prior commentaries. It would be better to say that I basically reinforced what I already knew which is the more you do something the better you will get at it or at least, get better at doing “it”. For me “it” is getting up in front of people and performing. As I mentioned in my bio and a few my early commentaries, my shyness, insecurity or whatever you want to call it was crippling me from pursuing a lifelong passion. Music has always brought me so much joy. It has been so powerful in my life. I’ve always wanted to be that guy who sits on that stool or stands up front, who sings a song that delivers that feeling or emotion that music has always done for me. Now I can do this or least be in position to do attempt to deliver it. I’m sure I will still get a case of the butterflies from time to time but I would say that through this project I have conquered my fears.

The Music:
A lot of friends told me that they planned on arriving at least an hour or more early to make sure they could get seats. Knowing this, I knew as soon as I arrived I would be busy greeting people and setting up my equipment would be next to impossible. So I went to the Log Jam earlier in the day to set up and check the sound. This plan definitely paid off. I started off the show talking a bit about my 52 gigs journey and thanking everyone for coming out. Next I sang a couple of songs myself to get things rolling before bringing on the other performers. I thought the sound was great. I had my digital recorder plugged directly into my mixer to capture the sound live without all the noise from the audience. It worked excellent when I remembered to turn it on which was only on about 3 songs. I’ve posted a few videos and pictures from the night. The three videos of Rachel and I are dubbed with digital audio from my mixer. The other are shot with a regular video recorder.

What’s next?:
I definitely want to do some more songs with Rachel if she is willing. I really enjoyed singing with accompanying her. She brings a very uplifting spirit to the table. She has a very distinct sound and style. I’m sure she can go a long way if she chooses. Depending on Chris’ schedule, we will probably continue to play and perform together from time to time. If I decide to take it to the next level I’ll need to put out a CD with original music then dive into the singer song writer world. From what I have learned so far, the singer song writer world is a whole another adventure and a huge time commitment. These guys and gals work hard. They are on the road a lot singing where and when ever the can and in a lot of cases for free. I’ll have to think about this for a while. I don’t think I’m ready to give up my summers on the lake yet. You may or may not have noticed the new page recently added to this site called Interviews. These are interviews that I have conducted via email with other solo performers. To stay true to the intent of this site, I am only interviewing sole performers in hopes that their insight and experience that they share will help out others doing what we do. This process of collaborating with the interviewees has been a lot of fun. I’m going to keep this going in hopes of getting at least 10 interview per state

Special thanks to:

  • Everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • My #1 fan, my wife Kim
  • All
    of my friends and family. There are to
    many of you to list. You have all been
    so instrumental in helping me meet this goal. Thank you for all the kind
    support, words of encouragement, gigs, parties, decorations, laughs, surprises
    – everything!!!!
  • Everybody that has sighed up to receive the 52 gigs newsletters. I have met many of you and look forward to meeting those that I have not yet had the opportunity to meet. I will keep sending the newsletter out from time to time to keep you all posted on the interviews and whatever else I’m doing musically. Thanks for all you support.
  • Chris,
    owner of the Log Jam and everybody how has hosted a gig.
  • Fellow
    musicians and supporters – keep on rockin’

Tim

 

A litte about the art-work (guitar)I’m holding in the
picture in the front page of this blog site.
The artist is my wife. The medium
is glass and the process is called fusing or fused glass art. I absolutely love this piece that she made
for me, will cherish it forever.

Her work is
currently represented at the Kubiak Gallery in Douglas /Saugatuck MI and
Gallery 1212 in (Old Town) Lansing MI.

You can also see her work and contact her through her web
site at www.KimHeenan.com

 

Gig #51, 52nd Gig Pre-Party

Gig #51
2/23/13
The Gig:
About 5 weeks ago I had the flu and had to cancel a scheduled gig.  This left me one gig short of reaching my goal to have 51 gigs complete before the already scheduled 52nd gig party on March 9 at the Log jam in Grand Ledge. So Kim and I decided to have a makeup gig at our house with a kind of a 52nd gig pre-party theme.  I invited all the musicians who are going to be performing with me at the big 52nd gig to come over and perform at the party. To keep things simple and small we only invited the participating musicians, there or guest and some of the neighbors and a few other die-hard friend-fans.

I have quite a few pictures and a few videos posted from this gig with more to come.

The Lesson Learned:

The challenge was how to stage the performers and gear.  I set the speakers up kind of back to back so that one of them was facing the performers and people in the living room and the other was facing the open kitchen and dining area.  This worked well.
The Music:
Everything went pretty well except the first few songs.  I botched these up pretty bad.  This was my third gig of the weekend I was pretty burned out.  Or at least that’s my excuse.  The first few songs we did were songs that my friend and performer Tom Cocozzli wrote and not the usual covers that I do, so there is a little more of a learning curve to these songs.  And now thinking about this a little more, I usually play songs I know well at the start of my gigs to build a little confidence before I play anything that may be newer to my repertoire.  Fortunately or unfortunately nobody was paying very much attention anyway.  Our guest have heard me play so often that it’s no big deal to them and because they pretty much all new each other, they were busy getting caught up not listening to me screw up Tom’s songs.  What bothered me most though was how it probably made Tom feel.  He is a good song writer and I want to do his songs justice.  They deserve and should be presented in a professional and respectful manner.  So I have been taking some time every day since this gig to practice Tom’s song and will continue every day until we perform then again March 9.
Special thanks to:
  • To all the performers and quest for their time and support.
  • Gary Reed the guy who told me about 6 months ago to quit quitting.

Gig #50 Selleck Haven Adult Foster Care

Gig #50

2/23/2013

Gig #50 Selleck Haven Adult Foster Care

The Gig:

Dan, the owner of Selleck Haven said he picked up my card from the bulletin board at the Log jam.  He had been trying to find somebody to come in and sing.

The Lesson Learned:

I looked up the address of Selleck Haven a few days before I was scheduled to play. Using Google Maps I could see that the foster care was ranch style house.  I decided that I wouldn’t need the horse power of my regular amp and speakers so I brought my Fender combo amp to keep is simple.  Once inside I decided that I didn’t even need that, just guitar music stand and song book.

This was a pretty cool and easy gig.  There were only about 12 people sitting around the living room listening to me.  Some of the songs got more response then others. I have played one other retirement type facility since I started Tim’s 52 gigs.  I didn’t think at the time that I fit this type of environment but now that I’ve done it again I think that it could be a good easy gig especially if I learn some of the older “standards”.  Easy because it is in the day instead of at night then staying up another hour or two and not getting to bed until 2:00 – 3P.M.

The Music

I had a gig the night before and this gig was at two in the afternoon.  If I remember correctly we also stayed up till about 3 A.M. This had a little effect on my voice.  It was still a little stressed and some of the high notes were a little difficult to get out. In the future I’ll be a little more mindful if I have a gig the following day and take a few precautions like get enough sleep and stay well hydrated which should help some.

As I mentioned previously, I’m planning learning some of the standards like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin to name a few which will add more value to my performance in this type of setting.

Special thanks to:

  • To Dan, Michele and the staff at Selleck Haven for inviting me to play

Looking forward to the next one,

Tim

 

Gig #49 The Log jam with guest performer Chris Hillabrand

Gig #49

12/26/13
Gig #49 The Log jam With Guest Performer Chris Hillabrand
The Gig:
Not much new to write about here.  Chris, the owner of the Log Jam in Grand Ledge MI. has been having me in regularly on Fridays the last couple of months.
It was kind of an interesting start to the evening.  I arrived at about 8:20 which gave me about 40 minutes to set up.  I brought in all my gear but wasn’t able to stage it where I usually do because there was an extra table set up and a table of 2 that were still eating in the area where I usually set up.  So I stacked all my stuff up in the corner and went up to the bar to say hello and get a drink.   It wasn’t long until the table of 2 were finished and gone.  One of the waitresses’ quickly cleared the table so I could set up.  As I started setting up the owner, Chris came over to say hello.  We talked about his heating system (my back ground is in HVAC) and just general small talk.  Before I knew it was after 9:00 so I made comment that I better set up before the management gets mad.  He just kind of laughed kept talking for another 15-20 minutes.  After we were done I scrambled to get everything set as fast as I could.  I checked the sound, made a few adjustments then started playing.  But just as I started I broke a sweat from hurrying so fast and once I started I couldn’t stop for half an hour.  Plus it seems that air coming out of the diffuser that blows on me is either hot or cold nothing in between and for that first half an hour it was hot, how embarrassing.  When I first started gigging I would sweat like crazy because I was so nervous, now her I was doing it again.
The Lesson Learned :
A tip that my friend Chip gave me was to move out a little and position myself and one of the speakers so I can hear myself better has been paying off.  I would bring in my monitor but there just doesn’t seem to be enough room.
How did I create a “buzz” for this gig? (An added new segment)
As I mentioned in my Gig #43 commentary, I don’t think I’ve talked at all about marketing one’s self yet. This is a subject that I’ll get into more throughout my remaining blogs.
It is always good to try to create some type of a “buzz” for lack of a better term about your gigs, to draw in as many people as possible, hence tims52gigs blog.
Again my buddy Chris Hillabrand played the last set with me.  So this was the buzz that which I put out on Facebook and in the email I sent out to promote my gig.  Now that I thinking about it I should have updated my listing on the lansingningtout website that Chis was playing with me.  See, there is always something more you can do to promote yourself.
The Music:
The music went pretty good.  I was able to plug my Tascam DR-05 digital recorder to an output on my mixer to record the show.  Listening back is always interesting and insightful.  We did pretty well together but we need to work on getting a little tighter in a few spots.  It will come with more practice and live performance experience.  Chris has been coming over about once a week for the past 5 or 6 weeks to practice in preparation of the big #52 which takes place March 9.
I’ll post some pictures and maybe a video or two that friends took at the show.
Special thanks to:
  • To Chris (the owner of the Log Jam) for inviting me back again
  • Several of my friends that came out once again to show the support
  • My wife Kim, for enduring yet another Friday having to listen to her husband sing in lieu of several other things she could be doing.  Thanks again for the support honey.
  • My Buddy Chris Hillabrand for sitting in on my last set.  We’ll see what the future holds for us as far a making the Tim and Chris show a regular thing.  52 more gigs?
Looking forward to the next one,

Tim

Gig #48 Log Jam with Special Guest Chris Hillabrand

Gig #48

2/15/2013

Gig #48 Log Jam with Special Guest Chris Hillabrand

The Gig:

Chris, the owner of the Log Jam booked me almost every weekend in the month of February.  Chris and I booked March 9 for the big 52nd gig.  So we figured out how many gigs I needed to do prior to the 9th to get in all my gigs and booked them.

The Music:

Everything went pretty good.  Well I did forget something that I wanted and ran (drove) home to get it at about 7 mins before I was supposed to go on.  I made it back by about 8 mins after. I  Made a joke about “where is that slacker musician, isn’t he supposed to start at 9:00”? to a table of people up front as I stepped up in front of the microphone and strapped on my guitar.  They thought it was pretty funny when they figured out I was slamming myself.  I wouldn’t have left the gig knowing that I would start late if I was playing anywhere else.  I have played the Log Jam so often that I was pretty sure that it wouldn’t be a problem which it wasn’t.

My buddy Chris sat in with me on the 3rd and played some songs that we have been working on for the Big #52.  This is the first time since I started this project that anybody has sat in with me.  It went pretty well, he is a phenomenal lead guitar player.  He can improvise to just about anything you put in from of him.

I posted some video of us on my site under the “Videos” tab.

Special note:

Did you notice up at the top of the page, to the left a green banner that say’s “My wife Kim made this Glass Tray in the picture, click her to see more”?  Kim is a Fused Glass Artist.  This link takes you to her website that displays a lot projects that she has done.  The Tray is really a platter that is approx. 7X16. It is all glass.  It is her own custom creation.  It is what she calls functional art because it can be displayed or used as serving piece to really show off a fancy presentation.  She made it for me about 2 ½ years ago and I love and treasure it.  I don’t remember this picture being taken and I’m not sure how my friend (and web page designer) Tom go his hands on, but I love it. If you have any interest in a custom piece or something you see in her site, just click the “Contact Me” tab and send her a note.

Special thanks to:

  • To Chris (the owner of the Log Jam) for inviting me back again
  • Friends  and family that came out once again to show their support
  • My wife Kim, for enduring yet another Friday having to listen to her husband sing in lieu of several other things she could be doing.  Thanks again for the support honey.

Looking forward to the next one,

Tim

Gig #47 The Log Jam and Introductions to the perfomers Playing the Big Gig # 52

Gig #47

12/2/2013

Gig #47 The Log Jam (The big Gig Introductions)

The Gig:

Not much new to write about here.  Chris, the owner of the Log Jam in Grand Ledge MI. has been having me in regularly on Fridays the last couple of months.

Something Different:

I am going to change up the format a bit again.  The big 52nd gig is quickly approaching so want to spend a little time writing about what I am doing in preparation and introduce the other performers that are going to be participating in the event.

I decided quite some time ago that I wanted to see if I could get the other musicians that I have had some involvement with since I started the 52 gigs projects to perform some songs with me at the big event.

I’ll introduce them and give you a little background;

Tom Coccozzoli

How I met Tom – I stated the 52 gigs idea sometime about April of 2011.  Things were moving along about like I expected them to unit about Jan, Feb 2012, when the gigs started to coming kind of slow.  I didn’t know exactly what the future was doing to hold for me as far as gigging but I know that I wanted to stay involved one way or another with music. So I turned to Craig’s List to see what other musicians in my area were posting.  I saw a post from a song writer (Tom) who was looking for a vocalist to sing some of his music and record in his home studio. I thought to myself, I don’t consider myself a vocalist, but what hell.  What is the worst thing that could happen?  I’m already putting my vulnerable side out there for the world to see by posting videos of some of my earliest gigs on my blog and You Tube.  So a “sorry, you’re not what I’m looking for” didn’t seem like any big deal, I would just keep looking.  So I replied to Tom’s post, we sent each a few correspondences back and forth and the rest is history.  You can read more about my experiences working with Tom in my gig #26 commentary.  We worked together for a few months’ recorded a dozen songs and then parted ways as I started getting busy again with gigs and commenting time to learn more cover songs.

Tom gladly agreed to participate in my celebration.  We will be doing  4 songs together, all of which he wrote including a song he recently wrote for the event called “The 52nd Gig Song”. I am very pleased that he is sharing his talent with us on the big day.  Chris Hillabrand will be joining in on acoustic guitar.

Tom Moore (A.K.A my best almost lifelong friend)

I have known Tom for over 30 years.  We have worked for 3 of the same employers, played music, hunted, fished, camped, raised hell, rode motorcycles and damn near everything else you can think of together.  I referenced Tom in my 53gigs Bio.  He is the guy I did some gigging with back when I was 28, 29 years old.  He is also the webmaster behind the startup of the tims52gigs web site.

Tom sat at a bar with me one evening while drinking beer and eating pizza and listed patiently as I rambled on and on about I should ether shit or get of the pot as far as playing music. I have spent so much time over the years and especially the few years prior of the start of this project learning songs and playing party’s and camp fires in hopeful preparations of taking it to the next level, but didn’t know how to move forward.  Then on a bar napkins (legal pad – picture attached) tims52gigs was born.  You can read more about this in my Bio.

Tom has been on this journey with me almost every step of the way, so naturally with all his help from putting the website together, videotaping gigs and our past history of playing music together I thought it would be cool if we could play together on stage again. We will be dong 3 or 4 songs together including a song we wrote together many years ago and our favorite cover by John Mellencamp called Theo and Weird Henry

Rachel Rayl

Rachel is the daughter of my neighbor and good friend Bob Rayl.  I have learned that Rachel has been very active over the years singing and performing in plays and in choir events though her school. On three seperate occasions Rachel has come out with her dad to my gigs.  The first time I asked her if she wanted to sing.  She replied “yes” and started thumbing excitedly thought my song book.  She chose the song Landslide by Fleetwood Mac.  She did an outstanding job and received quote a nice applause. The second time she came out, she waited very patiently.  Then when I was nearing the end of my first break I asked her if she wanted to sing again.  Almost before I could turn around and head back to the stage, she was already there going through my book looking for Landslide.  Again she did a great job.  Then about 3 weeks ago, again she was there with Bob waiting very patiently.  This time I made her suffer and the finally  asked her just before I went up for my last set if she wanted to sing.  Up she spring and in about 2 seconds she was up behind the microphone.  She is such pleasant and uplifting person to be around.  Rachel will be singing 4 songs and if I can pull off my part we will be singing Closer to Fine by The Indigo Girls, one of my all-time favorites.  I’ve always wanted to sing this with someone and when she suggested that this song is one that she would like to do, I was very pleased to know that I was finally going to get my chance.

Chris Hillabrand

I met Chris through my long time friend Tom Moore (above).  I got to know Chris through the years mainly by hanging out with him and Tom playing guitar.

The first few times we got together it was very apparent that Chris had a lot of talent.  Over the years that talent has grown with abundance.  Chirs plays acoustic and electric as well as drums and piano.  He is very talented and can lay down a great riff to anything you put in front of him.

Chris has done some studio work and played with several bands in recent years including Chasing God and the Mike Espy Band and recently The Fret Aviators, a band that Tommy C. (above) put together.

This past spring Chris and I started meeting one day a week to jam but instead of guitar he was on drums.  The summer got busy for Chris musically and I pretty much took the summer off of music to focus on another passion of mine, which is hanging out with my wife, family and friends up on Long Lake where my mother-in-law resides which includes long slow weekends on our pontoon.

Musically, Chris and I have always connected very easily.  Almost like the ESP thing…..does anybody say that anymore?  So naturally I wanted Chris involved.  Chris sat in with me during my last set this past weekend at my Log Jam gig and will be playing at least a set with my at the big #52.  Wait until you hear him rip off some leads on his acoustic guitar.

Chip Christy

Chip is a professional musician.  I met Chip through some mutual friends of whom secured him to perform at their son’s High School Graduation Open House about 3 years ago.  To keep the story short, Chip allowed me to play during his break.  I was hooked.  A few weeks later Chip let me play his breaks at another gig.  Then following a couple more gig at the Log Jam in Grand Ledge.  As a matter of fact, Gig #1was at the Log Jam playing on Chip’s breaks.  Without the opportunities that Chip gave me I have known idea if I would have started this project and finally got my musical aspiration off the ground.  I am very grateful for the opportunities that he given me, his encouraging words and his kindness.

If the cards fall in the right direction Chip will be performing a few songs at the big gig and possibly a song or two together.  Chip has been extremely busy on a project that has been taking up almost all of his time.  I support his comment and his dedications to this project and wish him nothing but the best!!! I’m sure someday we will do a song or two together.  All the best to you my friend!!

Looking forward to the next one,

Tim

Gig #46, Log Jam (From 0 to 100)

Gig #46
1/25/2013
Gig #46 The Log Jam (From 0 to 60)
The Gig:
Not much new to write about here.  Chris, the owner of the Log Jam in Grand Ledge has been having me as a regular on Fridays nights the last couple of months.
I titled this 0 to 60 because by the time I had all my equipment set up, most of the patrons who had been in for dinner were gone and it didn’t seem that anybody new was coming in.  During the first set it seemed that only a few people came in, but between the end of the first set and first 15 minutes of my second set the placed filled up and pretty much stayed that way the rest of the evening.
The Lesson Learned:
As usual, I was at the venue about an hour before I was scheduled to start.  Due to the very cold weather, snow and my laziness, I decided rather than parking in the parking lot and lugging everything in I would just park out front on the street, turn on my flasher and carry everything in from there. I had my gear set up in about 25 minutes and had a half hour to kill.  When I first started gigging it use to take me about an hour to set up. The point is, through experience (just like everything else) I have been able to whittle this time down.  Some of the things that I have done that seem to save time: obviously the fact that I have played the Log Jam so many times I know where the plugs are so I’m not searching for them or figuring out how I’m going to run my extension cords or power strips.  I keep/transport all my cords, cables, foot pedal tuner and mic in an oversized type briefcase that my dad use to use when he was in office supply sales working for Boise Cascade. When I pack up after finishing a gig, I make sure to pack all these items in kind of a reverse order so that as I’m setting up I don’t have to waste time looking for what I need next; it is always right on top.
How did I create a “buzz” for this gig? (An added new segment)
As I mentioned in my Gig #43 commentary, I don’t think I’ve talked at all about marketing one’s self yet. This is a subject that I’ll get into more throughout my remaining blogs.
It is always good to try to create some type of a “buzz” for lack of a better term about your gigs, to draw in as many people as possible, hence tims52gigs blog.
Facebook, Facebook, Facebook….. it is a great tool to get the word out about your gigs.   It has been kind interesting watching FB.  In my world it seemed that FB was used primarily to “friend” only real friends whom I define as people that you hang out and do things with.  But as time has gone on the definition of “friend” seems to mean something more vague such as someone you may have met once or even someone that you may have never met but have some association with such as someone that you see commenting on a lot of the same status’ that you do. And now we have the business side of friending such as business’s with Facebook pages and pages that have been designed specially a bring together people with a common interest or organizing events.  Now I find myself excepting friend request from people I barely know and sending out friend request to people I may only know through association.  The Log Jam and a lot of other venues that have live musicians have FB pages so you can friend them and the post your gigs on their site. I always post once or twice 2 to 3 days before and usually the day of my gig to get the word out.
The Music:
Everything went pretty good.  Again, I decided against lugging in my monitor.  I positioned myself and the speakers in an orientation where I could hear myself pretty good.  I received a lot of nice compliments that evening and a few in the days following on how good I sounded.
I have written a lot about my struggles of not being able to hear myself and the effect that this has on my confidence which of course has a big impact on your overall show.  But gig by gig and as my confidence has grown and my stage fright continues to diminish the “can’t hearing myself perfectly” has less impact on my psyche thus providing a more positive experience for me which is passed on to the listener.
Special thanks to:
  • To Chris (the owner of the Log Jam) for inviting me back again
  • Friends  and family that came out once again to show their support
  • My wife Kim, for enduring yet another Friday having to listen to her husband sing in lieu of several other things she could be doing.  Thanks again for the support honey.
Looking forward to the next one,

Tim

Gig #45 Log Jam (a low key evening)

Gig #45
1/4/2013
Gig #45 The Log Jam (a low key evening)

The Gig:
Not much new to write about here. Chris, the owner of the Log Jam in Grand Ledge MI. has been having me in regularly on Fridays the last couple of months.

The Lesson Learned:
After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I assumed that venue would be pretty quiet and low key compared to last several gigs that I did at the Log Jam. My assumption was correct, normally when I arrive about 8:00 to bring in and set up my gear, the place is pretty much packed, but tonight it was pretty quiet . I was actually kind of relieved, I know that a small turnout is not good business, but I was looking forward to a more relaxed evening myself.

Thinking back, I kind of remember being a little bummed at a gig I was doing one night because the attendance was so low. But this time I was in a different mind set, plus as I’ve been growing musically I knew that I still needed to provide a positive experience for the listeners regardless of there numbers. I used this opportunity to create a more intimate experience for the listener and of course in hopes to gain another fan or two. I spent the evening interacting as much as possible with the patrons. I made eye contact (as much as I can without glasses) with as many people as possible. I acknowledged every applause. Every time someone would say something to me between songs or make a comment, I acknowledged them and responded kindly back. All of this worked well. I could tell that some of these people really felt involved, it seemed as though they were making a conscious effort to make sure they never missed an opportunity to clap or make a comment between songs, like a new friend who wanted make sure that I knew that they were paying close attention. I learned a lot at this gig and will always be as involved as the listener’s will allow me to be.

I would like to touch a little more on the subject of getting involved with the patrons. Over the almost two years that I have been involved in this project, I have gone to watch a lot more solo acts than I ever have. I have also paid much closer attention to the performer and his performance, trying to see what works well and what doesn’t. What works is very obvious, it the guy who interacts with the patrons. I’ve become kind of a “fan snob” if there is such a thing. Kind of like a wine snob. If I spend the time to come out, spend a few bucks and maybe even bring a few friends out to listen and support an artist the last thing I want to expense is some stuck snob that thinks for some reason he rides on a higher pain than his listeners do. This is surly a one-way road to disaster. How can one grow his fan base if he has an arrogant attitude? Again, remember you are only there because your presence brings in more dollars for the owners. End of story

How did I create a “buzz” for this gig? (An added new segment)

As I mentioned in my Gig #43 commentary, I don’t think I’ve talked at all about marketing one’s self yet. This is a subject that I’ll get into more throughout my remaining blogs.
It is always good to try to create some type of a “buzz” for lack of a better term about your gigs, to draw in as many people as possible, hence tims52gigs blog.

If there was a buzz, it would have been though association. I explained what I mean by association in my last blog entry titled Gig # 44. The association would have been though getting as involved as possible with the listeners, thus giving them a little more to remember me by.

The Music:
It’s kind of funny. I’ve found that usually my first 3, 4 or 5 songs go pretty well. Then I start to get a little self-conscious which makes me a little nervous which then tends to lead mistakes. Next, I always seem to settle down and regain some confidence. This night was no different. Once I worked though this state, everything went good. The 2nd and 3rd set went really well. I was quite satisfied with my performance

Special thanks to:
• To Chris (the owner of the Log Jam) for inviting me back again
• some of my friends that came out once again to show the support
• My wife Kim, for enduring yet another Friday having to listen to her husband sing in lieu of several other things she could be doing. Thanks again for the support honey.

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim