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I'm doing an internship this summer in Maryland, with housing provided at a local extended stay suites hotel. Every night around 9:30 I come out to the courtyard and play my acoustic and sing a bit before going back to me room to practice my electric. Last night I was approached by a slightly tipsy fellow who invited me to come over to his table full of slightly tipsy food service management professionals who were at some sort of seminar. So I played, and quite a bit at that:

Norwegian Wood
Blowin' in the Wind
The Needle and The Damage Done
Wish You Were Here
Let it Be (which I didn't know the chords for...god I love faking it through simple but wonderful diatonic tunes)
Hotel California
Fire and Rain
Sweet Child O' Mine (which I think went better than my recorded take)
A fragment of my song-in-progress

After the first song, one of the slightly tipsy food service management professionals put a plastic cup next to me with a dollar in it, and over the course of the night a few others followed suit. $7 may not be much, but it's pretty good for just enjoying the evening. Plus, I was given a delicious plate of grilled chicken and steak for my efforts, and it's always fun to perform for such an appreciative audience.


Posted : 19/07/2007 2:14 pm
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Sounds pretty cool. Cash and food are always a good thing!

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Posted : 19/07/2007 2:27 pm
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:D not a bad deal at all.

Posted : 19/07/2007 2:40 pm
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Yeah, sounds like a pretty good deal to me. :)

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Posted : 19/07/2007 2:42 pm
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Getting paid for practising is DEFINITELY cool! Wonder if you can make a regular thing out of it?

That's a pretty good set list there - if I'd been passing by, I'd have dropped a dollar in the cup for taste alone!

:D :D :D


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Posted : 19/07/2007 2:55 pm
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That's great. For 7 $ you can buy fresh strings and picks. Keep up the good work and one day you may get a job as an in-house entertainer for some big company.

Great song list as well. They are my all time favourites.

Posted : 19/07/2007 3:26 pm
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Well, it don't get much better than that! 8)


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Posted : 19/07/2007 4:33 pm
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-=tension & release=-

Posted : 19/07/2007 5:14 pm
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Sweet :P

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Posted : 19/07/2007 6:58 pm
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Now you can't claim "amateur" status any longer, you've crossed the line into professional music!


Posted : 19/07/2007 7:51 pm
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the setlist was definately top notch! props on that one! now i have my own question about serenading strangers.... i never know what to play!!! i dont want to play other peoples stuff to a crowd of people, but im not confident enough in my own material. help me out folks...

Posted : 20/07/2007 10:39 am
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Very cool! I play most of the songs on your list. My usual audience is my cat, but occasionally I play for extended family and friends - kind of a singalong thing.

I'm interested in trying open-mic and wonder if anyone has suggestions for a first-timer.

Posted : 08/08/2007 7:36 pm