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Archive for July, 2011

Gig #13, Origami Brain injury Rehabilitation Center

Gig #13
7/20/11
Gig #13, Origami Brain injury Rehabilitation Center
The Gig:
This gig was like a mini concert where all eyes were on me. Unlike the first time I did this type of gig (see gig #5), I wasn’t nearly as nervous. I set up my equipment including a fan, checked the sound, tuned up and I was ready to go.

The audience consisted of about 9 or 10 people, so the setting was quite intimate.
I introduced myself and started playing. Between songs we would talk back and forth a bit which everybody seemed to enjoy. Again the power of music showed itself through a few of the spectators. I would like to explain in detail what I mean by this statement but I’m afraid by doing so I would come across like I think I have some type of educated insight or understanding to their conditions which I don’t. I’ll leave that to experts. So I’ll just say that when I saw a person lite up and smile, mouth every word to a few of the songs; or another who may have been struggling with speech, sing every word to a song at the top of his lungs, I knew that power of music was lifting their spirits for a while. What a joy to be part of and experience.

The Lesson Learned:
The obvious but yet not always easily done – The more gigs you do, the easier it gets. Now thinking back on it a little more, I have explained in previous commentaries that sometimes I was so nervous that I could feel the adrenaline in my hands which made it more difficult to play. I don’t recall having this type of experience this time.

The Music:
I played for about an hour. Most of the songs I choose were quitter or more mellow because it seemed to be more fitting for the peaceful environment. To gain more experience, near the end of the set, I threw in few songs that are newer to my repertoire. (Every Rose Has It’s Thorn & Sweet Melissa)

The experience:
The experience of sharing your talents and time with others is always fulfilling.

Don’t wait until you are the best to share your craft or you will never share it, thus missing the ride.

Special thanks to:
• Tom for his time to capture some of this gig on video and his continued positive support!! “It means a lot to me Tom”
• Origami for sharing and for helping others through such a struggling time for the injured and their families!!!!!.

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Gig #12, Joe and Marilyn’s Retirement Party

Gig #12
7/15/11
Gig #12, Joe and Marilyn’s Retirement Party
The Gig:
I met Joe and Marilyn at gig #6 (Dave and Deb’s barbeque). Joe retired about a year ago and Marilyn’s last day was two weeks ago. This bash was located at their home out in the country. The setting was absolutely beautiful. Joe had me set up on a raised covered deck off the side door of their home. Again, I had the best seat in the house. The view to my left was overlooking their beautiful back yard and just beyond that, a meandering creek. In front of me and to my right, a lot of good looking happy people.

The Lesson Learned:
I had a lot of feedback issues. My amp has a second speaker that is positioned to give a surround sound type of effect. This speaker was pointed right at me and I think may have been the main cause of the problem. Also, I had to crank the volume up most of the way to get the sound out. But Kim told me that it wasn’t noticeable to the crowd.

I’m getting really close to making the move to purchase a better PA system which will hopefully help with this issue. Then I can put the speakers in front of me and use a monitor.

The Music:
All in all, from the comments that I received the sound must have been ok. I got a lot of nice comments on the music. I played for about 3 hours with two breaks. I put together set lists to keep me on track. Each set had about 13 songs. I kept the first set on the mellower side, the 2nd set I picked up a little and on the 3rd set I tuned down half a step and rocked it out a little more.

The experience:
Again, another great experience with great people. During the second break, 5 of us jumped in my truck and my buddy Dave directed me down the driveway to the street, a quick right then another quick right and we headed down a two track next to a hay field. About half mile back where the field meets the woods sits a beautiful log cabin that Joe, Dave and a few others built. I posted a few pics of the cabin.

At the end of the gig, Joe said he has a CD that he wanted me to hear a few songs off of. Joe unwrapped a new CD by one of his favorite bands “New Third Coast” a band out of Michigan that he met while visiting Beaver Island. The name of the CD is called Somebody Lived Here. So we headed off to his back patio to listen. He played track 10. Captain McSorley . Captain McSorley was the captain of the Edmund Fitzgerald; then track 11 titled The Old Way – both great songs. We headed back up to the party. Joe pulled the CD out of the player, put it back in the case and handed it to me and told me he was giving this copy to me. Thanks so much for sharing. Kim and I listened to more of the CD on the way home. We had a blast at the party. Happy retirement to Joe and Marilyn!
See all the pictures under the Photo Album tab/gig #12

Special thanks to:
• Kim and Harv for taking the video’s and pictures
• Joe and Marilyn for inviting me to take part in their celebration and sharing one of Joe’s favorite artists with me, the band: New Third Coast.

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Gig # 11, Randy and Nancy’s Bonfire on Long Lake

Gig #11
7/8/11
Gig #11Gig #11, Randy and Nancy’s bonfire on the lake
The Gig:
Long Lake, MI
Randy and Nancy’s fire pit. Sitting around the fire with good friends, drinking a few beers, telling a few jokes and a few lies

The Lesson Learned:
Next time bring the little clamp on battery light so I can see the words in my lyrics book.

The Music:
The usual, including Turn The Page which Randy jumped and sang along. They always request covers by Styx or Kansas around this fire for some reason. I’ll have to work on the song Point Of Know Return.

The experience:
Always a good time around this bonfire.

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Gig #10, Impromptu Jim and Bev’s Pontoon Gig

Gig #10

7/3/11

Gig #12, Impromptu Jim and Bev’s Pontoon Gig

The Gig:

 On an early Sunday evening, my friends Jim & Bev came from across the lake on their pontoon for a visit.  They had two or three other couples with them.  My wife Kim and I met them on the dock for drinks and conversation.  At some point Phil (Phil and Jill are new friends and neighbors from across the lake) mentioned that he had tickets to see Jimmy Buffet in concert. That was all the opening that I needed.  I went and got my guitar, came back down on the dock and started playing Come Monday by J. B. The applause lead into song two, song three and I was off.  Dave said that we needed to head back to his side of the lake to pick up his wife Abby, so Kim and I jumped on the boat with them.  Jim set us on course and at idle speed we headed across the lake and picked up Abbie.  At some point when Dave was pushing us back out from the dock, he fell in. Of course we all loved it. He got into dry cloths and we headed out on the lake again, the whole time laughing and singing along the way. 

 I just have to add one more funny point even though it’s not about guitar playing but was part of the experience.  We ended up back down at our dock.  I made a fire then kept the music going.  Most everybody stayed on the boat including Dave, who somehow managed to maneuver to the back were the ladder is located for swimmers use while getting in and out of the lake. I have a feeling I know what he was dong back there, but I don’t know why he fell in…..again.

I may have to change his name for the blog, we’ll see what he says.

The Lesson Learned

To put a tether on Dave

The Music:

Most of the usual (as listed on prior blogs) and few more that I’ve pulled out of the old song book and polishing up a bit; Running Blind, Ever Rose, Sweet Melissa

The experience:

It’s always an experience up at Long Lake in central Michigan.

 

Special thanks to:

  • Dave for falling off the boat twice.

 

 Looking forward to the next one,

Tim