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Archive for April, 2012

Gig #36 Karen’s 50th Birthday Celebration

Gig #36
Gig #36 KarenB’s 50th Birthday Celebration
The Gig:
This was a birthday party for Karen, a very special friend of ours. He husband, Al,
reminded me that one of the things that Karen will want at her party, to put
her in her happy place as she puts it, is to have Timmy play and sing around
the fire. Unfortunately Mother Nature did not cooperate with bon fire plans but
that didn’t stop us from carrying on with our party indoors.
After dinner at the State Room with Karen and Al and a few of their family members,
Kim and I and a couple of other friends headed back to our place to continue
the festivities were other friend joined in as the evening carried on. A little
later in the evening, Al queued me to start playing. I gathered up a few shakers
(little plastic egg shaped rhythm instruments) and a cajon drum so that others
would get involved if they wanted to; then grabbed my guitar and started the
The Lesson Learned:
Before I started playing I tuned my guitar in standard tuning but down a half step.
This means for example; when I’m playing a “C” cord in a standard formations
(with no capo) I’m actual playing them in a slightly lower key which fits my
vocal range better on some songs but yet I’m able to form the cords in a
standard formation. In all of the gigs that I have done to date, I have turned
my guitar to a standard tuning for my first 2 sets then before set three I tune
down as described above so I can sing the songs in this lower range. The pros
are that I can be more versatile in my song selection, not having to wait until
I’m tuned down to play some songs that I might want to play earlier during the
gig like, Melisa by the Almond Brothers, which is a
mellower song that would work better near the beginning of the gig instead of
the last set which for most of my gigs should ‘rock out” a little more. Also,
the versatility allows me to play a requested song anytime instead having to
explain to the requester that I can’t play their request unit the last set when
I tune down which in not good for customer service. On a side note – one must
remember that if you’re out getting paid gigs and you want to continue to get
them, you must conduct your business as a business a remember that the customer
is always right with his song choice and when he wants to hear you play it. The
cons to tuning down is that every song that I normally play open (no capo) now
has to be played with a capo. In my opinion, playing open without a capo always
sounds better because the string seem to sustain – ring out longer, producing a
fuller sound. Also, when a capo is clamped on across the strings often the
result is a string or two out of tune. I’ve given this “half step down”
tuning matter a lot thought over the last several months. I decided to test the
waters since this was a private gig where I would be surrounded by my
non-critiquing friends. I was very pleased with results. I started off playing
some of the songs that I normally had to play during my last set. Some of my
friends commented that they liked the song(s) and that they had never heard me
play them. They never heard me play them because either at home I seldom tune
down or they have left the bar by the time of my last set. I’m anxious to play
the next gig tuned down and to rearrange my song list.
The Music
Karen and a few others wanted to know what qualifies a gig to be a gig that I blog
about and wanted to know if this one qualifies. Quite often when I play an
impromptu for friends, I don’t count them as gigs and therefore don’t blog
about them. I explained that for a gig to qualify it must be are pre-arranged,
it must contain at least one set of material (approx. 45 minutes) and it must
be presented in somewhat of a structured feature within the event. Meaning not
just an unplanned jam session in the corner where people have me try to play a
song I don’t know how to play or where there is constant interruptions because
other more important things a taking place in the moment. These things are fine
with me but I don’t consider them a structured “gig”. So yes this is Gig # 36
Special thanks to:
Al and Karen for
always being so supportive and asking me to play on her special day
Looking forward to the next one,

Gig #35 Ivan’s Stress Free Bar (British Virgin Islands)

Gig #35


Gig #35 Ivan’s
Stress Free Bar (British Virgin Islands)

The Gig:



My wife and I with our friends Al and Karen were recently on
vacation in the British Virgin Islands. Because we are all huge Kenny Chesney

fans we set off to Jost Van Dyke to have a few drinks at Foxy’s and Ivan’s,
both of which Kenny sings about in his song Somewhere In The Sun. Kenny
also shot his video No Shoe No Shirt No Problem at Ivan’s. We made our
way to Ivan’s; Al went in first and bumped into Ivan. We all met Ivan and got
pictures with him. Al made some small talk with Ivan then he seem to disappear
then reappear with a guitar in hand that he brought out for me to play. Ivan
opened the case and started looking for a string to replace the E string which
was broken. He gave me a B string and told me that it would work. He said that
he use to play and that Kenny gave him this guitar with a smile on his face
then he just seem to disappear again. All I could think was “what, Kenny gave
you this guitar”. I played 3 or 4 songs before our lunch was ready then played
for another half hour or so after that. As I played out front on the picnic
table a few people started to hang around to listen while watching the listing
to the waves roll in. Karen turned on her camera then handed it to Kim to
capture this incredible moment. Thanks so much guys for understanding my
passion for music, creating, capturing and sharing this magical moment for me.
We’ll call this Gig #35.


The Lesson Learned:

Luck comes to those who are prepared for opportunity
when it presents itself.

During the whole time we were on vacation, I
carried 2 guitar picks, capo and short song list songs everywhere we went in
case the opportunity presented itself, which it did.


Special thanks to:
Al for finding Ivan and working his magic

Kim and Karen for the video

And all three of you for creating and sharing the moment.


Looking forward to the next one,