March 27, 2009 Morning Pages

So, how the hell do I start?

Oh, hell. We totally killed it!

Words cannot begin to describe how well things went last night @ Genghis Cohen. It was simply a near-perfect night. Not a perfect gig–at least on my part–but pretty damn near. Pretty much everything that could have gone right last night did. It was a nice change of pace. After a couple years of playing one-man-stupid-cover-gigs at sports bars for the bartender and sometimes 2 other people, it was a pleasant change of pace to be playing my own material hang having a whole room of folks enjoy it.

But before I get into all of that, though, let me comment on the restaurant that is Genghis Cohen, and then I’ll later focus on the music venue. Although Christy knocked the décor as 80’s retro, I actually enjoyed the look and feel of the place. All of that paled in comparison to the food, which was top notch. We downed a helping of pan-fried pork dumplings that totally got us stoked for the main course. She had the Kung Pao Chicken (her go-to dish) and I had the Cilantro Spicy Shrimp. Have to say it was all very tasty. We were very well taken care of by the staff had and weren’t rushed out of the booth after. A very pleasant dining experience overall, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who’s looking for good Chinese food in Hollywood.

Now for the gig. First of all, kudos to Lindsey, who was working the door at the place and made sure everything was taken care of for us professionally. The only disappointment was that for some reason the terms of my contract with the venue changed over the past month. So I had to clarify a few things with her. More on that later. Also deserving of big ups was Evan, our sound man. Haven’t listened to the board mix that he recorded for us, but from what I could hear in the house and the feedback from the audience, we sounded pretty tight. He paid attention to my cues (less reverb on the lead vocal) and kept everything well balanced.

I couldn’t be more proud of my musicians last night. Every single one of them. First off, they were all punctual. Didn’t have to worry about anyone showing up late or not having their poop in a pile. Second of all, they looked perfectly classy, which I had requested at the last rehearsal. We were a good looking group, completely appropriate for the type of music we were playing. And then there’s the actual execution of the songs last night–like I said, not perfect, but pretty damn near. The only thing I can remember being off was the ending of “Big Blue Sky,” which we flubbed, and maybe the tempo of “Twenty Days,” which was just a little rushed. Very slight mistakes which in no was affected my feeling of the performance. For my part, I have to say I was in really good form. I felt confident, no vocal issues at all, and it felt like the gig as a whole was pretty well paced. In the actual moment, I could see people in the crowd grooving in their seats.

That was gratifying, to actually see folks enjoying what we were doing. I guess I’m used to the indifference I get when I did my cover sets, also known as musician’s hell. I think I almost got resigned to the fact that I’d never have a good show again. Last night was a breath of fresh air and something sorely needed to break the sports club curse.

I’m going to wrap this entry up soon, but I can’t do it without thanking a number of people who went out of their way to show up last night. First up, my South Bay peeps: Wellman, Scott, Ram, Robb Fulcher, Susan. Every single one of you made my night with your enthusiasm and presence. My workmates: Jason, Patricia, Steve and Keon. Please tell everyone what they missed out on and how much they need to support the next time. Christian Beranek! Dude, I know how busy you are; thanks for taking time out of your night to be there for me. It meant a lot. Jeremy Ross, what a pleasant surprise to see you! Dax, thanks for coming with CB. I look forward to jamming with you sometime soon. Also, friends of my bandmates and folks that hung out after the preceding act: THANK YOU! Angela Meday! You rock my world!

Ok, more later. Did I mention I feel good?

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