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I arrived about an hour early so I could get set up and grab a quick bite to eat before beginning my set. I'd put together some tunes by the Beatles, John Denver, and other artists from the early 70's. This was the first time I'd be using my Boss Looping Station and I was concerned I had my levels right before hand.
I was greeted by Nancy Quinn, the store manager, who made sure I had everything I needed and knew where the electrical outlets were.. It was a leisurely set up in a well lit area just off the cafe portion of the store. Just before beginning, I chowed down a great ham and cheese croissant from the in-house Starbucks.
As I began playing, the few folks in the store, on this sunny Friday summer afternoon, quietly read and sipped at their store bought beverages. I didn't quiet feel warmed up, initially, and wound up adjusting my levels a bit, before the evening started to fall into place.
I had fun with my original diddy Mountain Song, playing a lead accompaniment along with the prerecorded track, I'd set up. I then moved through my new versions of Shower The People, Deal (Hunter, Garcia), Looking Into You (J.Browne), Here There & Everywhere (John, Paul,George, Ringo), & Rocky Mountain High. Each included the prerecorded rythmn track I'd especially made for it, turning it on at the right moment with my foot switch.
Though the audience was thin, it being a perfect evening outside, everything seemed to go very smoothly. A few friends stopped by to listen and we made small talk between tunes. The store atmosphere is just lovely, what one would expect from a great bookstore. Each of the many neat, orderly shelves and book cases well stocked with imagination, information, and thoughtfulness, and in a large casual setting, so condusive to contemplation processessing.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself on this summer eve, playing acoustical music from the heart. The people in the store are warm and friendly, and I am hopeful I will be asked back again, sometime soon.
|Posted on July 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM||comments (21)|
Set up just outside the Lifeguard Offices, I began singing and playing on a balmy, warm, sunny afternoon. The Lifeguards being done for the day, it was now safe to fill the air with sounds that would otherwise hamper the safety concerns they were there to enforce and protect. I could've played and played for hours on end.. the gentle crowds seeming genuinely appreciative of the tunes I was so engrossed in.. This was my favorite outing to date, this year. And I can't wait until my next opportunity to get back out there and do my thing.
|Posted on June 2, 2013 at 10:03 PM||comments (43)|
I arrived an hour early and was surprised to see an empty parking area. I grabbed the closest spot to unload my equipment. Inside I met Rich Herzfeld, the owner, and we discussed logistics. His biggest concern was I be sure not to play too loud.. and that a good way to check was if folks were sitting near me or not.
I noticed the place was pretty empty as I began my set up. Then I chowed down some excellent breakfast food, and began tuning up. Soon I detected a lot of activity around me. Folks were piling in in droves.. Ordering food and grabbing seating.. The place was suddenly packed! And I began playing.. It was noon. I started out with my original piece, the Mountain Song, and then on to the tunes from my list.
It was a fun way to celebrate the entrance of June, and thus Summer.. Along the way I met some real nice people who, like me, love music of many kinds. I am very grateful I had the chance to play the Chef's Table, and hope Rich will allow me the pleasure of returning soon.
|Posted on June 1, 2013 at 12:25 AM||comments (39)|
This is the fun Middletown spot to grab lunch, and I always stop by, when in town. Today was not as busy as in the past (the local college held graduation last weekend, and the students are now on summer break). Still.. there was plenty of activity with many coming in to eat and talk. The tables & chairs out on the front walk, with Green Umbrellas shielding those seated, from the hot sun, were also frequented, from what I could see..
I positioned my small amp 12 feet away from where my mic stand and I stood, atop a strong coffee table, where It could be heard better. My mic, foot pedal, and guitar chords were all able to reach. I secured them under a floor mat/runner, so people could easily and safely walk back and forth through the side door. I love my Fish man amplifier. It has two channels, is especially designed for acoustic guitar, and contains anti feed back capabilities. As a result, it also acts as an effective monitor, which aids in my performing accuracy and pleasure.
The modest crowd started off some what enthusiastic, acknowledging my renditions of of I've Just Seen A Face, Shower the People, Rhinestone Cowboy, and Deal. That was sweet. Last week's positive experience at Whole Foods taught me the value of remembering to share insights and anecdotes about each tune. As a result, the music seemed to flow naturally as I played one song and then another.
|Posted on May 27, 2013 at 11:24 PM||comments (111)|
Saturday, May 25th, was a delightful day playing fun tunes from the 70's on.. with some of the nicest folks in Fairfield County, down at the Westport Whole Foods Market eating area. Playing my usual list of tunes by the Beatles, James Taylor, Jackson Brown, John Denver, and others from that time, I found myself engaging much of the time with my ever changing audience. Having been a natural food fan for many years, and native to this part of CT, I am most at home in a health food store setting, I will admit. Much of the time, families with baby carriages and youngsters, who were pretty well behaved I gotta say, were mingling around food tables with the rest of the family, enjoying salad bar fare and other scrumptious morsels from this marvelous store, as I got to play and sing songs that were right from my heart. The biggest lesson I learned this day was the dynamic of good communicating with my listeners. And for that I am very grateful.