Day 9: Chatty Audiences

April 18, 2013
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The first girl on the bill was almost inaudible above the hubbub of chat. Which was a shame – her songs were interesting, skilfully crafted, very much her own creation. That’s not necessarily the rule – if you go to a lot of small gigs you hear a lot of singing and songwriting which is safe, familiar, forgettable.

But she was good, and beautiful too with big blue eyes that widened incredulously when one particularly noisy lady with red hair whooped and yelled in the quiet bits. Odd.

Maybe it’s borne of having had a run of gigs but I was looking forward to the challenge of engaging this bunch. They looked ok individually, the atmosphere wasn’t hostile, just full of conversation.

I went first, which was a change. I extended the intro to my first song – Addicted to Drama does this job for me – and was gratified to hear the noise recede and then die completely. Three notes, root-fifth-octave root in straight quavers, but it has a power of sorts.

The set went well. The chatter rose and fell a few times, weaved in and out of the songs, but the place was fuller at the end than at the beginning and there were always attentive, appreciative faces to focus on. I felt properly capable, free, in command of voice and keyboard for the first time on tour, bolstered by a surge of hard-won confidence.

Selling CDs at gigs is part of the business plan for artists big and small. Frustratingly, in Denmark almost no one carries cash. Several sales went begging for want of a card machine, people checking whether the small piles of coins their pockets discharged were anywhere near the Kr100 we were asking. They weren’t, which led to a slow, peaceful following day eking out the Kind of Blue door money until we could collect expenses for the next gig.

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2 Responses to Day 9: Chatty Audiences

  1. Rick Luzzard on April 22, 2013 at 11:40 am

    You need one of these for your next tour!!!

    http://www.roamdata.com/roampay/us

    • Rob on April 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Rick, that is a stroke of genius… Thank you. Next time.

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