Musicians are a funny but brave lot. We get up night after night and bare our souls on stage never knowing if people will like us or our sound.
If you are like me, it’s a compulsion, an insatiable hunger that drives. It isn’t about being in the spotlight per se or craving attention – for me it is a healthy & legal way to feel pure joy, PEACE & utter contentment. When I’m performing onstage I feel like time stops and I’m trapped in a delicious moment.
But … before all of that comes the nerves. When you play a gig where there are 5 acts you get to laugh (inwardly of course) at how ridiculous we as performers are, we all handle our nerves differently and it is the silliest & most entertaining thing I have ever seen (talk too much, not enough, sit completely still, jump around, make funny faces, make funny noises, nearly cry, forget lyrics or, in my case – the phantom pee phenomenon & wanting to vomit). I really hate people talking to me before I go onstage because I am getting in the zone and to be honest I am incapable of concentrating on anything you say. Word to the wise, if you come up and tell me your cat died before I’m about to perform and I respond with “great thanks, how are you?” please do not take it personally.
So back to the recap, it was an awesome night. When you play 3 or 4 nights a week in all manner of establishments to be somewhere with a stage, fold back, Sound Engineer and a crowd who are there for music not the TAB you enjoy every minute of it.
5 artists – all so different. There were Keyboards & an Auto Harp, guitars aplenty a loop pedal and a duo.
I was so happy with my performance, vocally I felt like I had a kind of clarity that I had only achieved once or twice before.
Judges choice went to my talented friend Y.Etti you can check him out here http://www.facebook.com/YettitraX
Setlist & Star Rating out of 5 (with 5 being awesome):
- Kiss Me ***
- Flashback **
- Natural Woman ****
- Over the Water (Acapella) *****
- Lonely Boy *****
Big lesson of the night for all is to vary the key, pace, tone & style of your set list
Huge thanks to all my friends (& friends of) that came along Sarah G, Sarah R, Darka, Heidi, Kate, Trudy, Alan, Dan, Nathan, Craig & Paul and a super special shout out to Shane & Emily for flying down from The Gold Coast.