So you write a song in the privacy of your home and head.
You record it, and like any published material, it is out there, but you have no idea who’s hearing it.
Or … you can take it on the road, pack up your speakers and mics and show the world what you’ve got.
Sue Menhart and The Rivergods are two New London area acts that do this to perfection. Look at Sue’s sked for coming weeks: a delightful mix of acoustic solos and band gigs.
I don’t have a band, yet. But I am developing contacts with other musicians who may back up my original music and covers. Mike Ball has been phenomenal and will continue to work with me through next year but he is moving to Oklahoma. So I have my eyes and ears on a couple of other talented performers. And a newly minted, stellar sound system to accommodate us.
On Facebook my music colleagues are constantly promoting live events and complaining quite often about what it takes to get people off the living room couch at night and out to somebody else’s gig.
There are no easy answers, but if you asked Sue Menhart, she’d probably say it takes work: putting yourself out there regularly, rain or shine.
The benefits are many. Someone sways to your music, stomps a foot, or simply looks away, listening intently to words and notes you have put together with intent. An intent she or he is latching onto. The audience gets it. They get you.
This happened recently at a Captain’s gig where I played love songs to a small crowd that included a young lesbian couple freshly graduated from Columbia University. But it can be any message, whether your song is a meditation, a ballad or a rant.
Take it on the road, you won’t be sorry!