My show last night went very well! It's interesting, as I play more shows, I've found that I've become much more dependent on cover songs. It's like a drug addiction where the musician becomes addicted to easily grabbing people's attention with songs they know, rather than pushing to get people interested in their own original songs. At least, this is the trap I've found myself in recently.
When I accepted the gig at the Fox & Goose in Sacramento I thought, "Great! An opportunity to play some original tunes!" I told myself that I'll play a lot of songs from my first album and from my upcoming second album and see what happens. It was odd, but I actually had to practice up on some of my original songs, which had never been the case before (I was always playing originals rather than covers- now I play tons of cover gigs. You gotta get paid and laid if you know what I'm sayin'!) This was not helped by my sore throat on Tuesday, which limited my practice time this week.
I wrote up a 16 song setlist comprised of only original songs. I dedicated myself to not stray from the list no matter what. As I started playing, I was a little self-conscious of the fact that I was playing so many original songs in a row, however, the people that were there seemed to like them, and I kept chugging along through the list.
A couple times, I would look at the next song on the list and think, "Um, I can probably skip this one." It was like being at the gym and thinking, "I can probably do sit-ups tomorrow" knowing full well there is no chance you will do sit-ups, crunches, leg lifts or any other kind of ab workout tomorrow. I powered through all of it, stuck to my original setlist and played all 16 songs in the order that I wrote out earlier in the day. In the end, it felt great to accomplish that. In fact, I should definitely make more of an effort to book at least a gig a month where original songs are accepted and encouraged. Obviously, gigs like that don't pay the bills as well, but I think it would help in the long run. Also, once the new record is in hand, I'm hoping to play a lot more gigs with a band where we play my own original tunes, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
I'm quite pleased with how the show went, and thank you to everyone who came out. The support is much appreciated! Onward to the weekend and playoff football!