WTF is going on with this calendar?
December is a good month for not actually having time with your family and friends due to an insane amount of gigs and concerts. Do you see those gigs and rehearsals for only a small chunk of December? Yeah. That whole thing.
I hadn't started feeling festive until only yesterday. I got home at 2am-ish on Sunday after another gig (which I'll blog about after this one), so I was pretty wiped. But on Friday the 21st, I had a pretty insane day. The only pink marking for this entire month was, as you can see, Graduation. Yes, I finally am a college GRADUATE, four and a half years later. And on the same day, since there is no winter commencement ceremony, I was able to double book myself for Friday: one gig at the Cloisters, and another gig at Will's Pub. You really couldn't get gigs further away from each other...
The first gig that I had was at The Cloisters Assisted Living Facility of DeLand. I randomly got this gig through my former co-worker and friend, Sims Kline. Somehow, he knew about the annual Christmas pageant featured a soloist, so he asked if I could be a part of the production. The only thing that I was told was that I needed to have about half an hour of Christmas carols/festive tunes to play. Good! I like Christmas! I like music! I'll do it!
I got there around 6h40 and was told I would be playing at 7 pm. I didn't play until after the play, so I got to watch the reenactment of the birth of Jesus. There was a fabulously horrible song about Christmas spirit, an adage called "Teach the Children" which I didn't understand at all, and then a performance of "O Holy Night" that made me question my sanity. Good to see that people still enjoy the jolliness of the season despite their crappy situations. Older people just want to feel festive too, and I'm glad I could bring some joy to them... except when one woman started crying during "I'll Be Home for Christmas". That kind of broke my heart a bit. But everyone liked it otherwise. At the end of my performance, I headed back to my place, changed, and then was en route to Orlando for the Minks gig.
I got to Will's Pub early to drop off my violin and then left to watch my friend DJ Exit 9 spin at On the Rocks. The bartenders there were pretty cool since it is a relatively new venue, so I got a drink (or two) on the house. I got back to Will's around 11 and just hung out with the maties and the special couple. We spent a while figuring out a set list and came up with this:
All the Fucks
& ending with Suffragette
There was a bit of an issue with my violin being heard (like always). Everyone always assumes I either 1. don't know how to turn up my own volume or 2. that my cables are bad not that they, 3. don't know how to mix a violin
After much ado about nothing, we were up and running and doing this:
After not having played these songs for a good number of months, it was surprising how quickly everything came back to me. I guess when you love the music you make, and enjoy performing it for people, your heart never really is in the wrong place. I had tears in my eyes when we played "This Must Be the Place" and Thad & Breanna had their couple dance. I'm glad we could be a part of their love.
Overall, it was a great time filled with hipster mirth and young love. I'm glad I'm a part of this band.
Fine Young Poet : Em
an artist who chooses to starve