Topic: I was asked to play at a party
I received a phone call the other night, one I've received a few times in fact. "We're having a party this Saturday, we've hired so and so to play his GEEtar and want you to come. Have a few drinks, have some food and a good time, and maybe you can play a few songs while he's taking his breaks. He'll have his whole set up here, mics and all. Won't you come on over?" I said I'd try, as I always say... but... this time I actually went! Ha, they were surprised when I walked in the door with my guitar. I sat there having a few drinks enjoying myself for quite a bit. Surprisingly, the "hired guy" pretty much just strummed and sang like I do... I wasn't feeling like I was out of my league for the first time ever. Finally, toward the end of the evening the "hired guy" took his break and introduced me. So, up I went and it was not only fun but everyone seemed to enjoy it! Since he only had one mic and my guitar has no electronics he offered me his Ibanez which played very nicely! I only picked out three songs, but they wanted more so I dug out a few more songs and kept playing till I saw the "hired guy" wandering around the room, then offered him back his guitar and mic, and of course thanked him (and helped him pick up a little when all was said and done - we talked guitars for a bit!). The best compliments I received were: Do you play out? You should play out! -- and of course, you're beautiful AND you have a beautiful voice! It was really awesome to get all the great compliments and encouragement. All the old timers left shortly after I started playing (it was apparently bed time), and I guess they were saying that they wished I'd have started the night off... apparently they liked me a little more than the "hired guy"! Such a great feeling to be complimented so highly. I could get used to it... although... I'm not so sure I'm ready to be famous LOL!
What constitutes excellent music is in the ears of the listener.