Hey, last Monday was Labor Day, so I didn’t post, I took a week off, and I relaxed. Not a bad endeavor. It’s OK to chill a little.
Lately I have been re-focusing on what my day to day emphasis is in music. It seems that for the past couple of years I have been all caught up in the performance thing. I like performing, I like have a band that kicks ass, and I certainly like having an audience that is into what I am doing on the stage. With that said, I am, nonetheless, a songwriter. That really is the only claim I am justified in making. I hardly ever do cover material, and my performances are all original. Songwriter.
I am working out a deal with a local wine bar where I will play every week from 8-10 or 11pm through the winter. I’ve done this before. It is a good way for me to work out changes I want to make with my act. I have been playing in bars and clubs where I need to put on a rowdy performance. It’s fun: jumping up and down dancing while I sing, screaming at times, working the crowd up into a crazy, scary, mob. Now, I am thinking of doing a show where the audience can hear/listen to my lyrics, and interact with me. I am seriously considering doing house concerts, though I am not sure where to begin with that one.
My current task, as I see it is to get the act ironed out, work up material that fits an intimate venue, re-arrange my working play-list to fit the new agenda, and get as tight as I can.
With all this in mind, I am considering how the new marketing will go. I’ll need different merch, and stuff that reflects me as a solo act. I am designing a new logo, with stickers, buttons, and press kit with photos that show me as a singer/songwriter who can do more that be a rowdy, wild outlaw. You know, housebroken. It’ll be kind of “Hilary Lite.” I don’t know if I can do it without laughing myself sick, but I’m going to give it a try. It’ll be fun until my next big idea.
Is it over for 45-90? No! But I will be playing with “pick-up” bands, which I did Friday night and just blew the doors off the joint. But, I will play solo most of the time. At least for now.
Thanks for reading and following the curves and quirks of my songwriting/performing extravaganza. If you have any comments, please feel free to click the “comment” button and rave on. Hilary