GETTING READY FOR a couple of solo Christmas shows, and I'm struck by how different they are from playing in The Cheeeburgers.
On Saturday I'm playing at 4 p.m. for the Christkindle event in Washington Park. It's a great event and the weather will be great, so we hope a bunch of people come downtown.
Please don't tell anybody this, but I actually organized my music the other day and put it into a semblance of order. I discovered a whole batch of Christmas music and will play a mix of instrumentals, originals and good old fashioned Christmas carols.
I really like doing the solo thing, but boy do you have to pay attention and really focus on playing and singing at the same time. In the band there is more of a tendency to lock into a groove and just play. Plus since September we've been playing every weekend and that really helps get a band tight.
I got a taste last night playing at Washington Perk's open mic night and I felt really rusty. A little practice this afternoon and hopefully it will go well tomorrow. Also playing Monday night for the State Street Bank Christmas party, which is more of an instrumental background thing but a fun gig nonetheless.
No better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with music. Let's go!