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Archive for March, 2013

Gig #51, 52nd Gig Pre-Party

Gig #51
2/23/13
The Gig:
About 5 weeks ago I had the flu and had to cancel a scheduled gig.  This left me one gig short of reaching my goal to have 51 gigs complete before the already scheduled 52nd gig party on March 9 at the Log jam in Grand Ledge. So Kim and I decided to have a makeup gig at our house with a kind of a 52nd gig pre-party theme.  I invited all the musicians who are going to be performing with me at the big 52nd gig to come over and perform at the party. To keep things simple and small we only invited the participating musicians, there or guest and some of the neighbors and a few other die-hard friend-fans.

I have quite a few pictures and a few videos posted from this gig with more to come.

The Lesson Learned:

The challenge was how to stage the performers and gear.  I set the speakers up kind of back to back so that one of them was facing the performers and people in the living room and the other was facing the open kitchen and dining area.  This worked well.
The Music:
Everything went pretty well except the first few songs.  I botched these up pretty bad.  This was my third gig of the weekend I was pretty burned out.  Or at least that’s my excuse.  The first few songs we did were songs that my friend and performer Tom Cocozzli wrote and not the usual covers that I do, so there is a little more of a learning curve to these songs.  And now thinking about this a little more, I usually play songs I know well at the start of my gigs to build a little confidence before I play anything that may be newer to my repertoire.  Fortunately or unfortunately nobody was paying very much attention anyway.  Our guest have heard me play so often that it’s no big deal to them and because they pretty much all new each other, they were busy getting caught up not listening to me screw up Tom’s songs.  What bothered me most though was how it probably made Tom feel.  He is a good song writer and I want to do his songs justice.  They deserve and should be presented in a professional and respectful manner.  So I have been taking some time every day since this gig to practice Tom’s song and will continue every day until we perform then again March 9.
Special thanks to:
  • To all the performers and quest for their time and support.
  • Gary Reed the guy who told me about 6 months ago to quit quitting.

Gig #50 Selleck Haven Adult Foster Care

Gig #50

2/23/2013

Gig #50 Selleck Haven Adult Foster Care

The Gig:

Dan, the owner of Selleck Haven said he picked up my card from the bulletin board at the Log jam.  He had been trying to find somebody to come in and sing.

The Lesson Learned:

I looked up the address of Selleck Haven a few days before I was scheduled to play. Using Google Maps I could see that the foster care was ranch style house.  I decided that I wouldn’t need the horse power of my regular amp and speakers so I brought my Fender combo amp to keep is simple.  Once inside I decided that I didn’t even need that, just guitar music stand and song book.

This was a pretty cool and easy gig.  There were only about 12 people sitting around the living room listening to me.  Some of the songs got more response then others. I have played one other retirement type facility since I started Tim’s 52 gigs.  I didn’t think at the time that I fit this type of environment but now that I’ve done it again I think that it could be a good easy gig especially if I learn some of the older “standards”.  Easy because it is in the day instead of at night then staying up another hour or two and not getting to bed until 2:00 – 3P.M.

The Music

I had a gig the night before and this gig was at two in the afternoon.  If I remember correctly we also stayed up till about 3 A.M. This had a little effect on my voice.  It was still a little stressed and some of the high notes were a little difficult to get out. In the future I’ll be a little more mindful if I have a gig the following day and take a few precautions like get enough sleep and stay well hydrated which should help some.

As I mentioned previously, I’m planning learning some of the standards like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin to name a few which will add more value to my performance in this type of setting.

Special thanks to:

  • To Dan, Michele and the staff at Selleck Haven for inviting me to play

Looking forward to the next one,

Tim