Hey readers and listeners! Sorry for the time distance between now and the last post. Man! It has been quite the adventure. Instead of making 5 more Vlogs and 10 more Blogs to recap what has happened this past week, I'll just give a general impression so far, along with a PLETHORA of pictures.
Show #4 was at Pianos tonight! What a great show. There were only about 5-7 people, but I think I had a couple of people who were listening. I played in their upstairs lounge, and it had a nice space with a lot of reverb. Tonight, I also premiered my cover of "Chandelier" by Sia. When doing covers, I've been trying to make them sound like my own style. I started putting it together the day before yesterday, and it went very well tonight!
Man, where do I begin. This first week here has been quite the adventure. I have had four shows so far, and although the turnouts have not been large, I think I have succeeded in connecting with at least one or two people at some point during the performances. The other bands that I have seen perform before and after my performances are AMAZING! Some are jazz, some are singer-songwriter, some are rock, etc.
Although this City is an such an awe-inspiring place, my biggest struggle comes with being okay with being by myself. Hands down, I am completely obsessed with this city. I spend hours walking the streets during the afternoon into the night, just gawking. Other than that, I realize that, topographically, New York is pretty much like any other place. People here are still people, and function the same way that other people do from any given state. It's just that there is a lot more of them haha. Again, I'm LOVING it, but it's the 'being-with-the-self' that is a bit difficult. Being that I am dysfunctionally extroverted with family and friends (or if I'm in my element), my biggest challenge is having to enjoy scenery, or a show, or my joys, or thoughts, alone. Instead of a friend to crack a joke to, to talk with, to politic with, to have deep discussions, or someone to take in the same beauty I'm taking in, I'm learning how to be able to do that, for once in my life (ironically, among hundreds of millions of people), by myself. It's a process, but for about an hour last week, I was able to sit in Rockefeller Plaza, and be alright with the fact that it was just me. It's a process, but I'm thankful that I'm able to further learn this lesson in such a cool city.