Tonight I had my 5th show at a place called The Greenhouse Cafe! The vibe was kind of older, and had a older crowd, but it was a really cool night. Once again, I didn't have to lug my piano through the city! Thank the Lord! They provided a keyboard that I was able to play on. There were maybe about nine people there listening, and the vibe was pretty chill. I went first, and then I was followed by a couple other singer-songwriters. When I went up to play, though, the keyboard pedal wasn't working! For those of you who aren't following, a pedal on a piano or a keyboard holds out the duration of a played note. It helps add flow to a song being played, as opposed to notes simply being plunked in a staccato style. I went up to play my set, pressing down on the pedal as hard as I could, and the sustain would go in and out. To me, it sounded like I did horribly, haha. But hey, I feel like my voice sounded pretty nice on one of my newer songs, so I wasn't that upset at all. To my surprise though, these two people (who looked about my age) came up to me, and told me that my music really inspired them. I was so glad!! Yes! I connected with someone in the audience! Score :). They found me on Spotify, and I told them where they could find me. One of the other featured singer-songwriters did such an amazing job! He's a teacher, and his original songs are not only lyrically impressive, but to me, he had the vocal power and movement of Jack Black. It was pretty amazing.
What did I learn tonight?
Tonight I learned that things don't always go the way it is planned to go. Sometimes, you can't assume that the pedal will work. Sometimes, you can't assume that a keyboard may even be working. I learned that, in the case of a broken pedal, I need to be flexible, and be able to substitute arpeggiations, or moving notes, in the place of the chords that I would be holding if the pedal were working correctly. I also have been practicing some a capella songs, in the case that either I am using a broken keyboard, or I am just not able to bring mine. Road bumps happen, but I'm trying to make my vehicle ride smoothly on any and every road.
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