I had two really fun shows this week. Monday’s performance was in Annandale, VA, and it was my first show in my new home state. I received a very warm welcome and had a blast with the other 4 acts: Snidget, The Blibbering Humdingers, Leth I. Fold and KwikSpell. It is not very often that a show lends itself to a round-robin format, but it really worked for us. It allowed for some cool harmonies and I got to do a really fun, impromptu keyboard solo on a Blibbering Humdingers song.
The next night The Humdingers and I took the show on the road up to Mount Kisco, NY and were joined by Swish and Flick and The Gringotts Grrls. Swish and Flick are so amazing live and I was ever so grateful to be able to plug into their system. My keyboard is just too bass-heavy and a little muddy coming out of my amp and man, did it sound crystal clear. I had a great time and I was so thankful for all the folks who took the train out from the city in the rain. Such troopers!
These shows reminded me of the importance of translating a few more songs to just piano. I really like playing live music, so relying less on my iPod for backing tracks would be a good thing. The issue I have is that the songs that really rock-out would take on such a different vibe live if I did them exclusively on piano. That is cool if people are familiar with the songs, but if not, it does not give an accurate picture of my sound. It is a trade-off that I need to reconcile. What I really need is a full band!