One of the things I love the most about playing music is performing live. Scratch that. The thing I love the most about music is playing live. I just love everything about performing live shows. I love the excitement that builds up to each performance. I love planning out the set lists with my band. I love the marathon rehearsals and finally, I love that nauseous feeling I get five minutes before we take the stage for that first song. At the end of it all though, it’s the feedback that I get from the people after a performance that truly hits me and makes it all worth every bit of blood, sweat, and tears that goes into it.
At our previous show at Moonshadow Tavern, we were set to play three sets. We were excited about the show but we all knew that unlike the listening room settings of some venues, this was very much a bar gig. It’s a gig where the band is the soundtrack music and not the focal point. Some bands may look at a show like this and even think it may be a bit degrading, we learned that it is the very opposite. Allow me to explain. When you’re a band playing in a bar, instead of just looking at it like you are just background music, look at it more like you are the soundtrack to these people’s dates, dinners, nights off, and whatever else. When you can look at it from that perspective, you can suddenly have a whole new outlook on your position.
During our first set, there was this hippie lady with the most beautiful flowing hippie dress dancing to our songs. She was the only one standing in front of us and she swayed and danced song after song with her eyes closed and the sweetest smile on her face. It was almost as if she was losing herself in the songs and this was where I could totally feel that we were making a huge connection. After the our set was over, I went over to her at the bar to thank her. She told me that she really loved our songs because they were sadly beautiful. She also told me that the songs really made her happy that she came out because she had lost her husband of 15 years recently and seeing us made her happy. I just gave her the biggest hug. That was something that I will never forget hearing.
In addition to that, we had a couple come out to see us who came out because they had seen is there the last time. They followed us on Facebook and when they saw we were playing made it a point to make it out. The guy bought me a beer and left us a great tip and hung out for the full 2nd set of music telling us how much he liked our band. Finally, this older gentleman came up to us at a break before our 3rd set and told us, “I usually don’t like original music. I like to hear cover bands playing songs I know but you write really amazing songs and I loved every single one of them.” Wow. For a night of playing a “bar” gig, I’d say that we got the biggest pay off of all of them so far with the feedback that people had for us.
As a band, I couldn’t be any happier to be playing with these two. Mike and Allison are two of the most sincere, kind souls that I have ever played music with. They have a passion for my songs and they treat them as if they were their own as we nurture each and every one of them to a grown up song. As for me being a songwriter, I can tell you that Friday night was a night that truly meant the world to me. Anyone who is a songwriter knows that while we do this because we love it, we also do it because we long to have that validation. In my opinion, that right there is what I call “making it.”