Uff da! It’s all done. Thanks again for all of the input, I followed a lot of it.
One more interesting tidbit that I learned right off the bat. If you’re going to go out and perform at an open mike, don’t have a lebanese lunch with a lot of garlic beforehand. 'Nuff said there.
On Tuesday I replaced my strings like Wordman suggested. We had been rehearsing for about an hour at a time everyday since last Saturday. The two songs we were doing were Janis Ian’s “Dance With Me” with some updated lyrics that we stuck in there and BNL’s song "Some Fantastic. Steve did the lead vocals on both and I did back-up vocals on the Ian song. I also got him a gourd shaker for a little more oomph on “Some Fantastic”. For some reason, I kept forgetting the chord progresssion on the Ian song so I decided just to print out the chords and tape 'em to my guitar. The case was packed, strings, stringwinder, tuner, wire cutter, picks, an Ebdim9 chord, some extra tape, a cable, and a camera. I overpacked and didn’t leave enough room for luck.
We arrive a bit early and grab a table big enough for us and our friends that are coming down too. This cafe has an interesting way of signing up. There’s a guy that watches the order of people coming in. Around 20 minutes before the start of the night, he goes over to the people, in the order they came in, and then ask them to sign up in the order in which they want to. We sign up for fourth place and my face gets a bit flush. A little bit of pre-stage jitters I reckon.
The opening singer is really amazing. A voice a lot like Ani DiFranco and a guitar style to match. I started to panic a bit, I really didn’t want to follow someone really good. Eep! The next two people up helped that out. So we were fourth and after the third person is done we head up to the stage only to be stopped by the guy running it. It’s his turn so I realize I should take my guitar out back and either smash it so I don’t have to go on or tune it. I tuned it and came back inside.
We got up to the stage and I plugged in. Strummed the guitar a couple times to make sure I’m in tune. Yes, I am. Checked the mike, check, check. All is good and we do the first song. A couple gaffes with the picking and the lyrics but we’re having a good time. It’s mostly a picking song but there’s a bit of a hard strummin’ instrumental part I do that with a little adrenalin goes well.
Now it’s time for song two, I pull out my pick and strum the guitar, only to notice that the guitar has completely gone out of tune. EEK! I ask our friend Becca to bring up my intellitouch tuner and then I tune for a bit and try to keep the chat going so I don’t look too bad. So, I get the guitar in tune, we play the song, I almost chicken out when it’s time for me to join in vocally but I pressed on and started to just have fun with it. The song ends and we scurry off stage.
I really had a good time. I’m glad I was reminded by all of you to just go out and have fun. We made a couple mistakes, we even changed a verse with a chorus and didn’t even notice it until later. The adrenalin from the strumming and picking took its toll on my thumb where apparently I was going a bit too hard and I got a cheese crater effect. We got some good pics taken by friends while we were up there, and I’m actually glad there was no camera recording us. Soundless pictures are better for now