No no... it wasn't really that bad. I was feeling a bit blerghy with this bloody snuffly cold that continues to linger around a bit... I was feeling really tired, actually. Thankfully I conserved all my energy so I could jump around like a maniac while I performed instead! heh heh.
Everyone only performs just three original songs on these excellent Tuesday night events, and of course it's a great opportunity for all sorts of people with all sorts of skills, styles and [sometimes political] agendas to get-up and 'do their thing' in front of people.
I have no 'agenda' apart from bringing a smile to peoples' face - and unusually - that's really quite rare doing 'solo singing/playing' stuff, I've discovered!
Thankfully I did know someone there, a lady singer-songwriter that is seriously a spiritual-clone of Joni Mitchell. Her playing, voice and songwriting sends shivers up your spine. Pure transcendence. She used to live here in Bathurst and has recently moved up that way, so it was great just being able to sit-down and chat away happily together in front of a roaring fire for a good 45-minutes before she played.
Tis a great venue... it's an old rambling 'Victorian' hotel, and they set-up in the old ballroom, which was interesting enough. Between you and me, it would have been a much better atmosphere if we'd set-up in the front bar (where live music is usually played Friday and Saturday night). Hmmm...
Twas the first time in my 30 years of playing that I'd ever seen a group of people playing 'christian goth Tex-Mex country'... totally bizarre yet fascinating! That's the weird Blue Mountains for ya.
The drive was a breeze... only took me 65 minutes to get there - much quicker than I expected to travel the 81kms door-to-door. Thankfully the weather was relatively kind for that area at this time of year.... just a bit of light misty rain at one point was no biggie, thankfully. I've tried to drive thru there in the past thru fog so thick that you could not see 10 feet in front of you! None of that last night tho, thankfully.
Then I'm doing it all again tonight at the Kings Hotel here in Bathurst... depending on how many people turn-up to play tonight, I may be able to play for about 25 minutes this time. I'm wanting to try three new original songs I haven't played 'live' [in front of people] before tonight - wish me luck. I'm no master, just an old hack having a bit of fun before he kicks it! heh heh.
It's really quite hilarious getting oft-feedback from people who tell me "I love watching your passion for life!" [etc] when I play... it's interesting, considering the performance is coming from someone who's a manic depressive is interesting, huh...? "The laughing clown..."
Peas be with ewe
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