Topic: Thank You Toney (Southpaw41L)
This afternoon, for the first time in my life, I got up and played in front of strangers. Our friend Toney was playing a gig not far from home and invited me to bring my guitar. I was hoping to play some easy rhythm back-up to his awesome playing and singing, but there was limited space for a second player. So instead, he invited me up to play a few tunes between sets.
Nervous doesn't begin to describe my feelings. Even though the crowd was small, I had never sung into a microphone in my life and rarely ever even plug in my guitar. The bar stool wasn't right, the guitar wasn't comfortable and my leg wouldn't stop shaking. The first tune was a disaster, but I played 4 or 5 songs and got more comfortable with each one. The crowd was very supportive and Toney was the most gracious host (as usual).
All I can say is the ice has been broken and next time will be that much better. I know I've got things to work on, the first being getting more comfortable in front of a mike. I really appreciate having the opportunity - Thanks Toney!