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Gig #20 HNI Risk Services of Michigan (Art Prize)

Gig #20


Gig #20 HNI Risk Services of Michigan (Art Prize, Top 10)

The Gig:

The gig was at HNI Risk Services of Michigan in Grand Rapids Mi. HNI hosted an open house at their office to celebrate the announcement of the top 10 finalist of Art Private 2011 which is hosted within and by the city of Grand Rapids.  I previously play at HNI Aug. 24 (gig #15) for a gathering that they were hosting and was asked to come back and play this gig.

The Lesson Learned :

HNI wanted me to start as early as possible.  Working a regular full time job, I decided to get a jump on things and set up during my lunch break.  I had enough time to do a quick sound check and got  NOTHING.  No sound… what the hell? I freaked for a minute and franticly checked out all my connections.  I also learned in an instant how fast this type of paranoia could open up the sweat glands in my forehead as if I just finished a 5K run.  I disconnected everything and reconnected and the problem was solve.  I had my guitar cable and the speaker cable switched.

What did I learn?  Slow down boy!!

The Music:

I structured my set list to start out mellow and quiet, and then ramp up the tempo to match the mood of the gathering. I kept the music pretty low key the first 3 hours.  After that, most of the guests moved into the room I was in and the party ramped up, and so did I.  I played for 5 hours total at which point the tips of my fingers on my left hand (chord hand) looked like rail road tracks.  It was getting difficult to form a clear sounding chord.  I took a couple 15 minute breaks and couple very quick breaks near the end. My voice held out good.  It must be all the singing in the truck while commuting an hour each way to work everyday.

Special thanks to:

  • Randy and his partners for giving me another opportunity to hone my skills.


Looking forward to the next one,


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