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Gig #39, HNI Risk Services of Michigan (Art Prize 2012)

Gig #39 HNI Risk Services of Michigan (Art Prize 2012)

The Gig:
This gig was at HNI Risk Services of Michigan located in the heart of Grand Rapids MI. HNI hosted an open house at their office to celebrate Art Private 2012.
This is the 3rd time that I have played at HNI. The previous times were gig #20 which was for Art Prize 2011 and gig #15 which was an open house that they held for their clients

The Lesson Learned :
Something I haven’t talked about; that is getting the gear from my truck into the venue. Downtown Grand Rapid is usually hopping pretty good and even more so during an event like Art Prize. Last year I parked in a lot within about 100 yards from the front door of the Venue and dollied in my equipment. This year I parked our front in a loading zone, left my flashers on and carried my gear up from there. As I made my third trip out to my truck I notice a cop was parked out along side of my truck. I kind of waved to him with an expression that I wanted to explain to him what I was doing. He just nodded toward me and I could see that his attention was focused elsewhere. I finished, and then parked my truck.
I also had a problem to deal with. That was for me the never ending challenge of struggling to hear myself while I’m playing. To rectify this, during my first break I went out to my truck, and grabbed my monitor. I set it up and started my second set. Well it didn’t happen just exactly like that. First I took advantage of the wine and cheese that was available. Due to circumstances beyond my control, though friends I love, I have become quite the fine wine with good quality cheese coinsurer which took advantage of, headed to the room where the my guitar case and the other venders supplies were stored and had a little tasting before I went back on. Although I had my monitor set up I was still having problems getting it set up right. It seemed that ether my vocal was too loud or not loud enough. I’m considering selling my monitor and a Marshall 50 I own and buying a 10 inch Alto brand speaker which is the same brand of my main PA speakers. I hoping the balance would be similar to my main output.

The Music:
I played a total of 4 hours with 2 or 3 breaks. I can’t remember, must have been the wine and cheese party I had. I always seems as that the first 4 or 5 songs go really well then, I must start thinking too much because then it seems I get up tight and flub up parts of the next 2 or 3 songs.
All in all it went very good. HNI wrote up a very nice review which I proudly posted on timheenan.com.
I am really starting to have fun now!!!

Special thanks to:
• Randy and his partners for giving me yet another opportunity to hone my skills and do what I love.

Looking forward to the next one,

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Gig #38 Phil’s Retirement party


Gig #38 Phil’s Retirement Party

The Gig:

This was a retirement party for a friend of mine.

The plan was to have the party outside starting about 7 p.m.  My wife and I arrived about an hour and a
half before I was to start playing. I wanted to make sure we had time to say
our hello’s and set up my gear.  Phil and
Jill’s home is beautiful with a deck that runs across the back of their house overlooking
their back yard and a fire pit. The first order of business was to determine
the best location to set my gear. Jill told me that their guest would more than
likely be moving about between the fire pit, up to their deck where there is a
large seating area and their house.  I also wanted to make sure that I selected a location that would provide access
to run my speaker cabling without being in area where people would be walking.  Once set up I did a sound check.  I tuned up the master volume at approximately
the lever I set it while practicing in my basement – wow, it seemed very loud.  I don’t quite understand this because I know
in the basement the carpet and acoustical ceiling tile absorb a lot of the
sound, but I thought that outside it would even more dense or require more
volume to move the sound but obviously I was wrong.  So I adjusted levels and started performing.

The Lesson Learned:

As I stated above, it seems that outside I may not need to set the
volume lever as high as I do indoors to produce the same effect. I’ve done at
least 2 other gigs outside but with my Fender Acoustisonic combo amp which is a
totally different system so there really is no comparison.

I was very pleased with the overall sound.  It seemed very full and whole.  Again I’m quite pleased with the equipment I purchase
and that I went with the 15 inch rather than the 12 inch speakers.  They are definitely heavier, but I’m always satisfied
with them.

The Music:

I played 2 sets and just less than 3 hours.  It has been 3 months since my last official gig.  But I felt that it went pretty well

The reason I had not done a gig for 3 months is because I took the
summer off.  I played at a party or two
and around a few bon-fires over the summer but nothing that qualified as a gig.
I had hit the 14 month of Tim’s 52 gigs pretty hard and was ready for some time
off.  But now I am back at it.  As of date I have had two gigs this fall and
2 more booked at the Log Jam in Grand Ledge.

The current count from the hit counter on my web site is now 86,153.

Special thanks to:

Phil and Jill for inviting me to perform
at their event.  I had a blast and as
always, it is always a pleasure hanging out with you two

Looking forward to the next one,


Gig #37, Gus Games 2012


Gig #37 Gus Games

The Gig:

This was my second gig at this location.  The first time was September 2, 2011.  The event was a get together of family and
friends after the men’s annual golf outing.
This time the event was a gathering of family and friends to celebrate
the life of Brian “Gus” Pline (May 28, 1957 – August 12, 2008). Following
is an excerpt from one of the emails that I received from his daughter:

”My dad was such an
amazing person and unexpectedly lost his battle with cancer nearly 4 years ago
at the age of 51. I grew up attending “Horse” basketball tournaments that he
and his buddies had and I also played in many Gus Macker tournaments each
summer with him as my coach. After my parents bought the cottage, every weekend
included playing bean bags. This year marked the 4th annual Gus Games
tournament which we do each year the weekend after Memorial Day to honor and
remember him.”
Amy Gulford.

I was honored
to be asked back to play at such a personal gathering.

It has been just over three month’s since
I did this gig, but still as I look back on the pictures, the emails from Amy
and reminisce about the gig, I feel the emotion like it was yesterday.  I’ve mentioned it before but I must comment
again that the journey of Tim’s 52 Gig’s has proven to me that it’s a lot more
than just gaining experience playing and singing, it has offered many
opportunities like this gig to meet great people and for a short time be a part
of their personal celebrations.

Lesson Learned:

Nothing new to add to this topic this time

The Music:

Looking back at the set list I played about 40 -45 songs.

I played a few newer songs and messed them up a little but it
didn’t matter.  Let me explain… prior to
the gig I had a few email exchanges with Amy to work out details. In one of the
emails I include my song list for her review and asked her if there any other
songs that are not on the list that she would like me to learn. I loved her

As far as songs that I’d like you to
learn, I don’t want you to have to put in a bunch of extra time, but I’ll list
some songs that my dad liked to see if you could maybe learn one or two of
them. If not, don’t worry it’s not a big deal.”

I happily did my best to learn 3 or 4 of them.  Even though the 4
songs I did were a little bit out of my vocal range and I didn’t have time to
practice enough to get them down good, I did my best and sang them anyway and it
was obvious by the response I received that my effort were very much

A side note:

I ask Amy if I could post
the picture that she sent me and a little about Gus Games in this blog.  She responded with “Absolutely you can post the picture and
any info you’d like. My sole determination after losing my dad was that I would
do everything in my power to keep his memory alive
” She even wrote and published a book
about her dad.  Amy also shared a link to
a video that was put together for his memorial………http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-ybM3BPOsc

Special thanks to:

  • Amy and her family for having me out
    again and for inviting me to share in such a person event.


Looking forward to the next one,