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A break in my break

For a long time I’ve said I only want to do music if it’s fun. I don’t feel like booking and promoting gigs. I have a full-time job and don’t want to have to be on duty when I clock out. A long time ago I came to accept that there are only a limited number of spots available for “success” in the music business, that no one is entitled to have a career singing songs. The ones I know personally that do manage to do so – such as Mike West and Katie Euliss of Truckstop Honeymoon – practice for hours and hours and hours every day. They live and breathe music and all the business aspects that come with it. For them that lifestyle works, and there are others who have such an intense drive and single-mindedness that other things aren’t as important to them.

But I’m not like that, not now anyway. I enjoy having a full social life, being engaged in the world (and New York City life), going on dates, exercising regularly and participating in spiritual activities. I like having unscheduled time so that I can go with whimsical urges or last-minute invitations. I’m also not as young as I used to be and I like the ability to rely on a steady paycheck, money in the bank and certain creature comforts.

Still, if I don’t play for a long time, I miss it. Some vital part of me isn’t getting a chance to be expressed. But when I haven’t been singing for months I should like shit! It takes 4-5 days of singing for a couple of hours a day to really “get the frog out.” Well, earlier this month I spent a week in the country in Tennessee and sang to my heart’s delight for hours every day.

It’s a good thing too because there’ve been some little gigs this month, just little gigs, such as the Halloween installment of the Ukulele Cabaret. I worked up my own version of “Witchy Woman” which was made complete by the audience chiming in with the “oo oo” part, and ended the show with my first ever live performance of a Van Morrison tune, “Moondance”. It was the perfect song to do under a full moon in October. Since I don’t play as a career, I can do whatever I damn well please, and that’s just how I like it.

I’ll also be guest-starring in Wip Wippintin‘s show at Le Petit Versailles this coming Sunday, so cuddle up and let us entertain you in a beautiful community garden deep in downtown Manhattan. Hope you’re enjoying the fall!

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