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:
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)
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.
Sounds pretty cool. Cash and food are always a good thing!
"It's all about stickin it to the man!"
It's a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll!
Yeah, sounds like a pretty good deal to me. :)
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
"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)
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.
Well, it don't get much better than that! 8)
"I play live as playing dead is harder than it sounds!"
-=tension & release=-
Teamwork- A few harmless flakes working together can unleash an avalanche of destruction.
Now you can't claim "amateur" status any longer, you've crossed the line into professional music!
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...
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.