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First solo gig

Postby papatex » Sat May 07, 2005 7:09 am

Hello gang- Well, got a burst of bravado the other day and called the
activities director at a local health care/rehab center, and I'm
gonna play for about a half hour this afternoon. Got about a dozen
tunes to stumble through ;-). I thought about billing myself as
"Trainwreck" Mike King, but I'm afraid it might stick! (Not sure that's a very desirable moniker for a piano player). Gonna play
some rack harp and do a couple vocals as well. So wish me luck!
Hey Doc, I read your comment about finding the action on the new
Casio to be more akin to the RD-170. I played the Casio then an
RD-170 right beside it, and I swear I might as well have been on
my P-80 (on the Casio). The Roland by comparison was like a hot
knife on butter. I have noticed in talking to players and reading
comments here and on other sites, there seems to be a lot of
difference in the way this or that player may respond to the same
instrument. Another phenomenom I've noticed also is that my
own keyboard can feel different to me at different times (I
always set the touch on the "soft" setting. I guess the ebb &
flow of my energy level might explain that. I dunno. Weird!
Anyway have a great weekend everyone and I'll report back soon
about my gig. Mike
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RE: First solo gig

Postby jeffl » Sat May 07, 2005 11:04 am

Hey: good on ya', for takin' that gig at the rehab joint. I'd been wantin' to do that for several years, on a volunteer basis, if nuthin' else; I finally got asked to do one by a guitar player last month. The people loved it! I'm gonna tell him that I'd do it again.
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RE: First solo gig

Postby papatex » Sat May 07, 2005 2:01 pm

Thanks Bubba, yeah, everybody I've ever talked to that's played one
of those says the folks love whatever you do for them. That's my
kind of crowd! The lady said she'd put me on their regular calender
so if I can bring some pleasure to the folks and start working
through my musical problems and my anxiety it'll be a win-win.
One more thing to Doc: It occured to me after I posted last night
that it's possible I had the Casio I was playing set on the hardest
action setting (I ~think~ it's adjustable). Some of the functions
on that line require the manual. M.K.
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RE: First solo gig

Postby jeffl » Sat May 07, 2005 2:06 pm

The one we did was a fun gig, with a full band. There was an old lady in the front who had some pretty sexy moves, dancin' in a chair- seein' it gave me a very weird feelin', if ya' know what I mean. It was a little like a Fellini vision, or the scene from that Clint Eastwood movie with the chimp (Clyde), where the old lady gets the body of Bo Derek superimposed under her wrinkly old head. One funny thing was that several of 'em kept asking us to turn up,lol!
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RE: First solo gig

Postby papatex » Sat May 07, 2005 9:10 pm

Well, I went out and played solo in public and survived it! It was
pretty slow at the center, so my audience consisted of three or four
ole ladies in wheelchairs and a handful of visitors with staff coming
in and out. They seemed to enjoy it, of course I was dealing with
a certain amount of anxiety going in, so all that turned out very
anti-climatic. Made lots of goofs, as I knew I would, ( my playing
has a long way to go) but nobody seemed to care, and overall it
was a good experience. I think I provided some of them with a
little diversion, and it is definately good for me to get out there
and run through my paces. Certainly beats playing in the back room
for months on end! I'm definately going to call the director and
see if she'll book me again. Mike
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RE: First solo gig

Postby jeffl » Sat May 07, 2005 9:25 pm

Good on ya', Mike. You betcha it's good experience.
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RE: First solo gig

Postby meilankev » Mon May 09, 2005 3:58 pm

Mike,

Hooray for you!!! Oh yeah, getting experience playing in front of real folks is important, but I'm much more impressed with who you chose to entertain. My hat is off to you.

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