Performing, Full Moons and Change

I felt under a cloud for most of this week - I have recently been let go from a full time job that I held for up to near 6 years. So I realized yesterday that I was going through the stages of letting go of that job and had felt a little depressed ( Cmon John !)... ok I was feeling terrible and under achieving and ok, I was feeling like a loser - at least sort of. There was another healthier self somewhere inside in dialogue with me but for the moment the wound-licker was winning.

At some point once it dawned on me that I had let go of something for the most part involuntarily that was a stable presence in my life for many years and now here I was an unemployed/self-employed/full time musician what-have-you. As my Irish granny figure might have said - no one died.

I do hope this new situation is an opportunity to go out into the world in New York and elsewhere and play to more people and try out different things - be an entrepreneur, be a songwriter full time bring all the talents to bear on this new place I am exploring.

So this past week, without hardly seeking them out I played in 3 different venues -

Duplex 7 pm Tuesday Evening
Greenwich Village
Songwriter - 'Invite in the round' format
I was feeling nervous and though I am always improving my preparedness was queasy and nervous before I got to the venue.
Songs: Does my bum look big in this ( Guitar) and Sun is here ( World Premiere) on Piano

later the same evening ...

Cafe Cielo
My voice coach Sally Morgan invited me to her show/open mic night on Tuesday
Had some nice food (Chicken with thyme and yummy scalloped potatoes) and then got up to sing a few songs - really enjoyable and we all got into it!

Performed 3 tunes:
  1. Bum looks big ( Awesome direct crowd sing-along)
  2. Legends ( ( attentive Listening)
  3. Nowhere without you (Dedicated to AC my co-writer on the tune)

Path Cafe 8 pm Thursday
The Path Cafe is now running an open mic and other shows under the steady hand of Niall Connolly, a fantastic gent from Ireland -
I played Why are the Honey Bee's dying?, Big-Bum and finally sang The Unemployment Blue's in honor of my unemployment epiphany earlier in the same day.

Emotionally it definitely felt good to be getting out of the house and into humanity's bosom to sing the song of my soul; where I met some other cool artistes who were sharing the stage the same evening.

The path cafe's owner was David from Co. Meath and very welcoming and friendly, I had a nice smooth glass of Pinot Noir and another Irish man from the same County as the owner arrived to perform on the last leg of his tour - Simon Fagan.

Finally the Full Moon - after I left the Path Cafe I walked along Christoper Street and briefly stood inside a church to hear a singer play some music and found that the living legend Pete Seeger is playing on Saturday at 4 pm ... nice ! He played with Woody Gutherie and Bob Dylan back in the day and I have loved that protest folk movement - I'd love an anointing from the banjo folk singing King!

Hail to the Seeger!

PS No still nothing written about the full moon or new moon perhaps ... Ok so, later-later leaving out the recycling to the kerb, I looked up and saw the moon bright in the sky above me - hmmm maybe she was playing my emotional tides again ...?


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