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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

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