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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.

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