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

10/3/12
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,
Tim

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