Topic: Its Not Chordiestock 2013, but ........
Since I canceled my trip to Chordiestock, and would be home, I was asked to participate in a "Sensory Serenade" that weekend at a local coffee house. Two painters, two poets and 3 songwriters with a couple other back-up musicians will make up the cast. The format is to appeal to the audience's five senses. There will be 7 "categories" in which the poets and songwriters will perform original pieces and provide short descriptions of the piece's development process. The categories are: 1. First poem/song written by the performer 2. Easiest poem/song to write 3. Hardest poem/song to write 4. Autobiographical poem/song 5. Poem /song about family 6. Newest poem/song written 7. Wildcard (perform any of your original material). This will appeal to the auditory senses of the audience (or in my case may damage it)
While we are playing, the artists will be painting something which was inspired by one of the poems/songs while the audience watches, to satisfy the visual experience. There will also be rich deserts and gourmet coffee served to appeal to the smell, taste and feel senses of the audience. At the end of each show, the paintings will sold by a silent auction. We were also told to bring CD's etc for sale.
For my piece of the action I plan on playing:
First song: "Bluestone" (about river in WV)
Easiest: "Great Day to be Alive" (things that make me happy)
Hardest: "Hard Times" (effects of shutting down coal mine in KY in 1930)
Autobiographical: "Favorite Times" (hi-lites in my life)
Family: "Cold VA Snow" (great-grandpa killed in Civil War 1865)
Newest: 1st night "Trenches of Richmond" (Civil War song), 2nd night "The Whisper" (solo camping in wilderness)
Wildcard: 1st night "If I were the Wind" (tornado destroys a farm) 2nd night "Ridin With The Man" (cowboy finds religion)
Should be interesting to hear original compositions by local songwriters and poets. It won't be as much fun as soaking up sunshine and music at Chordiestock. But it will have to do.