I'm playing on Thursday, that's two days from now. My set is going to be eight minutes long. I have been invited to play a spot in Dan Donovan's pre-album-launch gig at The Angles Theatre bar in Wisbech. I feel honoured and somewhat under pressure. Dan is an excellent performer and his new acoustic arrangements for this, his twelfth, cd are rather good. He has also invited some other local musicians to play too. They are all accomplished singers/songwriters/performers. I don't want to let Dan down. So, I am really looking forward to playing in Dan's show alongside Tommy Loose, Neil Cousin and Road Hog (who has just returned from several days' gigging in Belgium and Germany - so he'll be ready for sure).
Next month I get to play the same venue ... but next time it will be my evening. What a privilege to be asked to play for 90-120 minutes. That will be my longest ever solo gig. I am seriously looking forward to it. I don't think I shall be singing either "Grey" or "Flying" this week, but maybe next month they will both be ready.
I'm told that amateurs practise until they get it right while professionals practise until they can't get it wrong. It would be very cool to be able to get through a performance without experiencing a single blip in my memory. Tomorrow I am running five workshops in schools during the day and have a drum workshop in the evening. Not much time for practice tomorrow, but today I feel virtuous.