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Archive for September, 2011

Gig #19 Green Acres of Mason

Gig #19
9/8/11
Gig #19 Green Acres of Mason

The Gig:
Green Acres of Mason as an assisted living facility. The Life Enrichment Coordinator (Sarah) contacted me and said that she had found my listing on Craig’s list and asked me to come out and play for the residence. I explained that I didn’t know any of the old standards but would be happy to come out and play and suggested that she may want to check out my website to look at my set list and listen to some videos to see if I fit the bill. She responded that she had and if I put together a set list similar to the gig I did at the Origami Brain Injury Rehab that would be fine.
So the gig was booked.

The Lesson Learned :
I don’t think I had a lesson learned on this one to write about. I set up with one speaker, kept the volume low and things seemed to go pretty good. I made sure to learn most everybody’s name as they came in and we shared a little conversation.

The Music:
I kept it all mellow. I found that even the mellow songs that I sing had some lyrics that I felt may have not been fitting for this gig. I thought to myself as I was playing, that even the words to The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald and Cats in the Cradle may be reminding these ladies of their husbands or sons or maybe a time of better or more fulfilling days and songs like The Life by Kenny Chesney or Pirates Look at 40 by Jimmy Buffet talk about drinking. I don’t know, I may very well be wrong with my one sided perception.
One of the ladies told me that see had birthday today so my last song was Happy Birthday which I was honored to do. And another brought me some cookies form her room to share with me and others, so I think see was enjoyed the evening’s entertainment.

Special thanks to:
• To Sarah at Green Acres for giving me the opportunity to play and sing.

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Gig #18 Dave & Abbie’s at Jim’s Secretary’s Request

Gig #18
9/4/11
Gig #18 Dave & Abbie’s at Jim’s Secretary’s Request

The Gig:
This gig was up at Long Lake at Dave and Abbie’s place. I thought that I had written about a gig at Dave and Abbie’s previously but after checking I was wrong. I did boat down to their place earlier this summer and sang a few songs at a bachelorette party that Abbey was hosting but didn’t write it up as a gig. If I had pictures I would have because wouldn’t believe me without them – just kidding

So I get a call from a girl that says she Jim’s sex-e-tary on Jim’s wife’s phone. She said that I should come down and entertain them (lots of laughing in the back ground) then she giggled and handed the phone to my friend Jim. I told him that we would be down. I don’t think that Jim has a secretary or if he does this gal wasn’t her. Her and her husband are friends of friends that we had met the night before. I was happy to have received the invitation.
Kim and I arrived about an hour later, I was ready to entertain – I even brought my guitar. I played for and for about an hour and a half (just guessing – don’t remember all the detail). We all had a great time.

The Lesson Learned :
I learned that I might incorporate a song called The Rodeo Song into my later night acts.

The Music:
Nothing new really , stayed with more upbeat songs.

Special thanks to:
• For that phone call – I had fun as usual – thanks guys

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Gig #17 Crystal Lake Crew Golf Gathering

Gig #17
9/2/11
Gig #17 Crystal Lake Crew Golf Gathering

The Gig:
My buddy Jeff asked me if I would come to Crystal Lake and do this gig, I gladly accepted. From my understanding this is an annual event.

I arrived about 7:30 and we scouted out the best place for me to set up. The home owner had a great set up. There was a large concrete driveway that led up to a pole barn. This barn was more like an extension of a house that a barn. It was all set up for the annual event including a big screen for those interested in the game. I set up just inside the main door facing out to the large concrete pad where the families started to congregate with lawn chairs and a couple picnic tables. Basically I was on the stage and they all gathered as an audience, and a great audience they were. For the next 2 ½ hours or so I played and sang while most everybody was getting involved by singing, dancing, clapping, shaking the shakers I brought or all of the above. On my break quite a few people came up to talk. I thanked them for being such an attentive audience and suggested that they just do whatever they do and I’ll be the back ground entertainment. They explained that they doing exactly what they wanted to do and they were having a great time. The feeling was mutual.

I had a few (for lack of a better term) warm and fuzzy feelings that came over me that evening. I think that they were moments of pure satisfaction. This is kind of hard to explain. For such a long time, I’ve longed for the day that I could do this. For me music has always been so powerful. No matter what is going on in your life, hearing just the right song or even the hearing and feeling the music can be so moving. On this night everything I had fantasized about gigging seemed to fall in place. The sound was good, the weather was soothing, I was confident rather than frightened and everybody seemed to be taken away for a while on the journey of music. That’s my dream

The Lesson Learned :
I thought I was going to be playing in the pole barn where the sound bounced off the walls quite a bit so I only pulled one speaker out of my truck to set up. Then before I set up we decided to move my equipment to the location that I explained above. As the night went on, I was asked to turn up the volume a few times which I happily did. I should have set up the other speaker and positioned it outside the barn to fill the sound a bit.

The Music:
I played two long sets and added in a few new songs. Keith Urban’s Jeans On, Running Blind and A lot of leavin left to do. I even flirted with Riding the Storm Out.
I HAD A GREAT TIME!!!

Special thanks to:
• Jeff for the invite and his unconditional friendship.
• And to my new friends up at Crystal that made me feel so welcome and appreciated.

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Gig #16, Tim & Cindy’s 25th Wedding Anniversary

Gig #16
8/27/11
Gig #16 Tim & Cindy’s 25th Wedding Anniversary

The Gig:
Tim and Cindy saw my “Free Guitar Player / Singer” flyer posted on the bulletin board in the entry way of the Log Jam in Grand Ledge. They went in and asked the owner (Chris) if he knew of me. Chris gave them the thumbs up.
The Party was at Waltz On Inn in Portland.
I arrived at 8:00, met the bartender (Lori) and brought my gear in. This was the first time sense I started tims52gigs that I basically had my own bar gig. I was pretty nerves during the hours leading up to this one. I set up my gear. The bar was pretty good size, so I was able to crank up the volume on my P. A. more than I had in the past. I pull my mic stand and guitar out in front of the speakers about 15 feet and checked the sound. With the exception of no sound being amplified from my low E string (I’ll cover this under “The Lesson Learned” below), again I was happy with sound of my new Alto speakers.

The Lesson Learned:
As I mentioned above, during my sound check the transducer that lies under the bridge of my guitar wasn’t amplifying the low E string on my guitar. I had changed strings a few days earlier and never plugged my guitar until this gig. So I played the whole evening with no low E string.
For guitar enthusiast only;
A few days later I investigated. I loosened up all of my strings so I could remove all the bridge pins leaving the string attached at the tuning pegs. I lifted out the saddle and the transducer. I made sure that nothing was in the way hanging up ether of these parts. I reinstalled both the transducer and saddle and made sure they were seated properly. Next I strung up the E, A & D strings – still nothing. I found that if I tuned the E string up a bit more, thus putting more pressure on the saddle that the sound would start to amplify. I took the E string off and replaced it with a used one that I carry in my case, and the problem was cured. Evidently there wasn’t enough flexibility in the string winding were it meets the bridge. I’m not sure what to think about this. The strings that I’m using are in my opinion the best sounding for my guitar and I think the most expensive string available.

The Music:
I played 3 sets, so I had about 3hrs of play time with 2 breaks. I played Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd for the first time publicly.
I received several nice complements and a nice email from a fellow guitar player that I met at this gig.
I haven’t posted a recent set list lately so I’ll do so below.

Special thanks to:
• Tim and Cindy for inviting me do be their entertainment during their celebration. It was a good experience for me. I learned a lot.

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Set #1 Set #2 Set #3 1/2 step down

Come Monday – open All Along the Watch Tower -  Every Rose
3 AM open Pink Houses
Peaceful Easy- Feeling Margaritaville- You and Tequila
People Are Crazy – 3rd Edmund Fitzgerald – 2nd Cross Roads
Rhiannon Norwegian Wood -  Sweet Melissa
Old Blue Chair – open Volcano -  Wish you Were Here – open
Rain on the Scarecrow – open It Don’t Matter to the Sun
The Life Small town Saturday Night –  Brown Eyed Girl
To Find Love -  Pirates Look at 40

Toes – 2nd Fire and Rain – Cats in the Cradle -  Turn the Page -  Jeans On

This Old Guitar – open Lot of Leavin’ left to do – 2nd
What was I Thinkin’ -  Ten with A Two – 1st
What do you want – 4th
Small Town – 2nd