Why does the guy with the phone sit right in front of the PA, and then look at me like "hey I'm trying to talk here" ? I told one guy to move. He wasn't very happy. or Why does the party sit right in front of you, never pay any attention to you and make enough noise where no one else can hear you? Even friends do that. I can't believe there is someone sitting 3 feet from me yelling over my music to her friend. Sit in the back if you want to talk. Good grief! Am I the only person who thinks this way?
I play guitar more than anyone I know. I don't have a job and I set playlists in Spotify and learn 40 or 50 songs a day. I'm kinda running out of songs I really want to play. I play solo gigs and I just can't see using a Stratocaster to do the entire show. I usually take 1 acoustic but, I think I'll take 3. Two tuned open. One open "D" and the other open"G". I'm not anti-electric, but you can only solo so long before you start losing the crowd's attention. I Travis-pick guitar so I can do some pretty silly stuff. I do the "Oscar Meyer Bologna Song" and also "Take Me Out To The Ballgame". If I see young baseball players come in I'll play Ballgame if I'm not playing already. There aren't a whole lot of "new" bands that make me want to do solo tunes. I've probably got 10 or 11.
About 6 or 7 years ago I did a solo gig. I dearly loved it. But, somewhere in there I started doing duos. This fear of playing alone crept in. I got offered a solo gig once in a while and I turned it down. I played a trio about 8 or 9 months ago and When the other 2 took a break, I played alone. I forgot how nice it felt to do the stuff only I can do. So on Cinco de Mayo I booked a solo gig and it ended up being a duo. 2 weeks later I finally got to play alone. I was hesitant at first, a little shaky(I had 3 hours to do), and it was hot. After the 1st few songs I hit my stride and got comfortable, talked to the crowd, of course I had to give them trivia. It worked. I had a ball. Some old friends showed up unexpectedly and it was great. I caught myself talking to them too much and made a concerted effort to entertain the entire audience. The few requests I got were from "older" people and thankfully I knew the songs. All in all I'm ready to do it again. My health has been bad and the heat has been unbearable, but soon I will go back and this time with a lot more confidence.