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Why 52 Gigs?

Please go to www.timheenan.com to see where I’m playing next

Short Answer-Experience and Exposure

I have been playing guitar and singing for about 30 years. I’ve never taken it very seriously but have had great times playing and singing around camp fires, parties or just about anywhere anybody would listen. I’ve always wanted to pursue the idea of taking it to the….

Gig #40, The Log Jam in Grand Ledge MI

Gig #40

10/19/12

Gig #40 The Log jam
The Gig: Kim and I stopped in the Log Jam a few weeks ago to have a drink
and take in some of the evening entertainment.
Chris the owner saw us and came over to say hello and some small talk
including getting a couple of dates booked.
Over the next week a few phone calls and a couple of emails 2 dates were
booked.
The Lesson Learned :

As I’ve mentioned in some of my more recent blogs, I have been
dealing lot with trying to get my monitor settings right.  I spent a little time this last week while
practicing in my basement experimenting and seemed to make some progress.  The real test is during a live performance
because.
The Music:

A few new ones.
Special thanks to:
Chris for giving me yet another opportunity
to hone my skills and do what I love.

To all my neighbors, friends and
family for coming out again and again to support me.  Some nights the place would be dead without
you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Looking forward to the next one,

Tim

See where Tim is playing at www.timheenan.com

Gig #13, Origami Brain injury Rehabilitation Center

Gig #13
7/20/11
Gig #13, Origami Brain injury Rehabilitation Center
The Gig:
This gig was like a mini concert where all eyes were on me. Unlike the first time I did this type of gig (see gig #5), I wasn’t nearly as nervous. I set up my equipment including a fan, checked the sound, tuned up and I was ready to go.

The audience consisted of about 9 or 10 people, so the setting was quite intimate.
I introduced myself and started playing. Between songs we would talk back and forth a bit which everybody seemed to enjoy. Again the power of music showed itself through a few of the spectators. I would like to explain in detail what I mean by this statement but I’m afraid by doing so I would come across like I think I have some type of educated insight or understanding to their conditions which I don’t. I’ll leave that to experts. So I’ll just say that when I saw a person lite up and smile, mouth every word to a few of the songs; or another who may have been struggling with speech, sing every word to a song at the top of his lungs, I knew that power of music was lifting their spirits for a while. What a joy to be part of and experience.

The Lesson Learned:
The obvious but yet not always easily done – The more gigs you do, the easier it gets. Now thinking back on it a little more, I have explained in previous commentaries that sometimes I was so nervous that I could feel the adrenaline in my hands which made it more difficult to play. I don’t recall having this type of experience this time.

The Music:
I played for about an hour. Most of the songs I choose were quitter or more mellow because it seemed to be more fitting for the peaceful environment. To gain more experience, near the end of the set, I threw in few songs that are newer to my repertoire. (Every Rose Has It’s Thorn & Sweet Melissa)

The experience:
The experience of sharing your talents and time with others is always fulfilling.

Don’t wait until you are the best to share your craft or you will never share it, thus missing the ride.

Special thanks to:
• Tom for his time to capture some of this gig on video and his continued positive support!! “It means a lot to me Tom”
• Origami for sharing and for helping others through such a struggling time for the injured and their families!!!!!.

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Gig #5 Hope Network – Mini Concert, East Landing Mi

Gig #5
5/11/11
Hope Network Rehabilitation Center, East Lansing MI
This gig was like a mini concert. I played for a small group of about 20 people for about 1hr and 15 mins. There wasn’t a PA to play through so I brought my own equipment which consisted of a Fender Combo Acoustisonic and a Shure Beta 5 microphone. I arrive about a half hour early to set up. I thought that it would take a while to get the sound adjusted because I had envisioned that the room I would be playing in would have carpet and acoustical ceiling tile. I was wrong, the room had a solid floor and a drywall vaulted ceiling. I fired up my gear and both guitar and vocals sounded great right off the bat.
This was the first time ever that I’ve played for people that gathered just to listen and watch me rather than mingling amongst themselves at a party or bar. Just the thought of this kept my nerves on edge the past week. I was excited to get this experience and to get this one under my belt knowing that any gigs from here on out where I’m not the center of attention would be that much easier or a least not as nerve racking.
Everything went pretty well. I massacred one song called Boats by Kenny Chesney. Twice I forgot how to play the song. I kept getting it confused with another song that I’ve recently learned. Oh well, that’s why I’m out here doing the 52 gigs thing, to get experience. The residence seemed to enjoy the entertainment and even sang along on a few songs. After I finished several people came up, introduced themselves and thanked me for coming out.
I feel good knowing that I brought something to these kind people that for a short time took them away from their daily struggles. I hope to go back and play for them again. To bring them the power of music.

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Set List
• The Life
• Margaritaville
• Come Monday
• Volcano
• People Are Crazy
• Norwegian Wood
• What Do you want
• If tomorrow Never Comes
• Peaceful Easy Feeling
• Boats
• Small Town
• 3 AM
• Land Slide
• Original – End Of The Tunnel
• Original – To Find Love

Gig#3 Michigan Brewing Co, Lansing Mi

4/25/11
The Michigan Brewing Company in Lansing, MI
This was an Open Mic Night. There is normally a host band or just a guitar player/singer.
I’m not sure where to start. Kim and I picked up neighbors Judy and Harv and headed for the gig. My buddy Tom was already there. Sitting with him was my old buddy Chris and a couple of his friends. Chris has jammed with Tom and I from time to time over the years. Chris is an excellent guitar player both acoustic and electric and can really tear it up playing the blues. To see Chris in action, navigate to the Gig #3 videos tab and catch Chris in action at this gig. Chris also plays drums and a little later in the night he did just that during my Jam. Our friends Tami and Sue also came out to cheer me on.
My intention was to get to this gig early, do my 4 or 5 songs then maybe a beer and hit the road but it didn’t quite go down that way. It was finally my turn at the start of the 3rd set. The drummer Wayne let Chris take over the drums for most of my set. Kerry was on bass, two guys on harmonica, a guy on trumpet and a guy on electric guitar. I started out at the mic saying “how can I follow the previous acts and proceeded to drop down to my knees in the middle of the floor, leaned way back like I was tearing up a lick. I received a lot of laughs and lot of people took pictures. Check out Gig #3 video titled Jamming on the floor stunt for the show. I started out with Brown Eyed Girl. The amp I was playing through was far from ideal to play an acoustic guitar through and it was very difficult to hear myself over the drums and bass. I’m not complaining, just trying to keep it real explaining my experience. Everything lyrically was good except for my inability to hit the high note. 
I had been trying to work it out this past week but blew it. Kerry signaled me to hand off the lead to the other players like you would do on a blues jam, which I did. Everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves. We played Margaritaville and The Life next. I found out that The Life is not a good song for a jam band. I had my suspicions before we started and not sure why I started playing this one. I’m guessing because I knew the words well and can play it under just about any pressure. Over the last several days I had practiced songs that I thought would sound good for this type of open mic but opted out of playing them because there wasn’t anywhere to put my book with the words in case I were to stumble up.
After my 4 songs, Kerry asked me to stay up and play a few more which I reluctantly did. Reluctantly because I was struggling with my inexperience of this moment.
All and all, it was good. Good to be there with friends, good to work through the unfamiliar and good to be playing.
Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Set List
The Life
Margaritaville
Toes
Brown eyed Girl