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The show at Live! From the Living Room at the Blue Note Cafe in Pontiac last night turned out pretty well. This was despite the fact that my week was so stressful, I was nowhere near relaxed by Friday evening. Nor was I prepared -- as in no set list. It turned out that the other guy on the bill didn't show up, with no notice, and I ended up playing a longer set than usual. So planning wouldn't have helped much, anyway.

I did some songs solo, and then John Finan (jjfmi) joined me on guitar and harmonies for a couple of songs, and then Leslie Frederick added harmonies and shaker on the last two. Then the hosts, Dennis and Maggie, brought people up to lead singalongs with the audience, who turned out to be almost all musicians.

Unfortunately, by the end of the night, my stomach was giving me problems, probably the aftereffects of all the stress last week. So I figured I better not stay for the after-show get-together at Maggie's. But she already knows I'm a bum, because this isn't the first time I've skipped what would've been a fun after-party. Too bad for me, because everyone was already warmed up from the singalong part of the show, so the songs at Maggie's house would've been good.

As if something else needed to go wrong... the box of Another Roads that I had packed and set beside the door to go with me to the show stayed in the comfortable chair by the door. Yes, I had no "product" to sell. I considered throwing myself from the top of the Phoenix Center in anguish, but decided there were too many stairs to climb to get to the top of the Phoenix Center. Even so, I did sell one CD to a Living Room regular who not only likes my songs, he trusts me too. I'll mail it to him this weekend.

Here's the set list:
  1. Traveling Clothes
  2. Flow like a River
  3. Panther in Michigan (Michael P. Smith)
  4. Halfway across Iowa
  5. How in God's Name (Jim Perkins) (half of, that is...I forgot the words, duh)
  6. What in God's Name (my parody of the above song)
  7. Song of Devotion
  8. There's Gotta be a Road (with John Finan)
  9. Next Best Western (Richard Shindell) (with John Finan)
  10. Helplessly Hoping (CSN) (with John Finan and Leslie Frederick)
  11. Riding the Highline (with John Finan and Leslie Frederick)

Next show: I'll be opening for Mike Anton and the Mantons at Xhedos Cafe on Saturday, July 9. If you're not going to Blissfest, you can come see us.



( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 12th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
For someone bereft of a set list, product, and relaxation, it was still a fine show. I heard a lot of positive comments from the audience throughout the evening - as well as a lot of singing along during the show. (And not just from Leslie and myself.) Ya done good! :-)

On a personal note, I think my voice has finally dropped back to their normal levels since doing "Helplessly Hoping". I was worried that my next show was going to be a Bee Gees tribute concert.
Jun. 12th, 2005 05:06 am (UTC)
Thanks :) I thought it went pretty well, once I got on stage. One of the things I'm thankful for is my ability to make things work onstage even when they really shouldn't be OK.

Sorry about the "Helplessly Hoping"... I'd switch parts with you, but I'd never come close to those notes anymore. If things were as they would seem, Leslie would be doing the high part. :-)
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