My gig at the "stART on the Street festival" was fantastic. An outdoor performance is never easy. People are busy walking around rather than sitting and watching. That's what they did today BUT there were some very rewarding moments:
1. Little girls and their moms were dancing like ballerina's as I played some of my more mellow finger-style folk tunes.
2. A group of teen boys stopped to watch and listen. They smiled, took out their cigarette lighters and waved them in the air (like at rock concerts when the band plays a mellow hit song), and formed their hands into heart shapes. They told me they love me! Okay, I think it was for real. They seemed to really like the music - my guess is that it hit a warm place in their hearts perhaps currently dormant but now suddenly opened. The heart always recognizes love! Hey guys, I love you too!
3. My country-style tunes inspired some spontaneous fancy footwork - people breaking out is sudden dance steps as they moseyed on by.
4. A few of my more rhythmical world influenced songs found the more ethnic listening intently.
5. Of course there were the salt & peppered Woodstock era "vintage" hippies - my colleagues - recognizing familiar sounds.
6. The 30's something staff listened with smiles on their faces and noted at the end that "it was a great set".
Hey, musicians need this kind of feedback and I appreciated every moment! To top of the gig, I even got paid! After all, this gig was a SUPPORT THE ARTISTS gig. Man, if only more people would follow their example!
Catch you at the next show?
Thanks stART people!