A taste of the big time

Posted by on Feb 26, 2009

To be honest, I don’t remember much from the 20-minute set I played at Warehouse Live last Friday for the Mom 2.o Summit  as an opener for Chris Mann.  Only after seeing the photos did I realize that Daniel and I were playing under colored lights.  The set went by so fast.  I felt comfortable up there, though a couple of friends told me that my foot was shaking at the beginning when I lifted it up at some point.  Maybe I was a little nervous at the time, but I always have crumby balance.  Even when I played soccer in college I would fall down a lot and my team would get so many free kicks, not because someone slide tackled me, but because I couldn’t stay on my feet.       It felt good up there on a big stage under the lights, a sea of moms standing in front of me, some of them listening, some of them talking, and one of them shouting my name.  I don’t care how many kids you have lady, thank you for making me the object of your desire.  While I haven’t “made it,” moments like this make me feel like I am getting somewhere.  One day you’re sitting in your room alone, writing a song on the edge of your bed, and a couple years later you’re on a stage and somebody’s mom is shouting your name.  It’s a dream come true, but with a maternal twist. After my set, I got the chance to work the crowd, passing out a couple hundred CD’s while chatting it up.  One of the moms said something like… “My friend said you were hot, and I said yeah but he’s professionally hot.  You’ve been around I’m sure.”  I blame the Hurricanes.  Moms just don’t say things like that, do they?  Before I could argue the subject of promiscuity, the Burger King burgers showed up, a whole table of them, and that’s when the celebration began…   Again, I blame the Hurricanes. To all the moms, organizers, and attendees of the Mom 2.0 Summit, thank you, it was nice to share a burger and hurricane or two over some live music brought to you by Chris Mann, Andrea Chase, and yours truly.  And to that one mom out there, wherever you are, maybe one day I will shout your name too.  I doubt it,...

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Mom 2.0 Conference, Performance at Warehouse Live

Posted by on Feb 16, 2009

This Friday, February 20th  I will play my first show at Warehouse Live.   Daniel de Luna, lead guitarist of our band Runaway Sun, will accompany me.  Almost a year ago to the day, we both showed up for Avant Garden’s open mic night.  The open mic got canceled that night due to rain, and  I was sitting in a chair strumming away when Daniel showed up with a $100 nylon string guitar, sat down in the chair next to me, and jumped in on one of my songs.  A week later we played our first show together on the patio at Inversion, a local coffee shop.  Our audience that sunny afternoon: five people with laptops. There are some differences between the Inversion show and this week’s show at Warehouse Live-day vs. night, an outdoor patio vs. an indoor stage, five people vs. three hundred people, no sound man vs. a sound man-but we are still playing for people who love their laptops.  Having bought my first laptop in January, I now understand the love affair and perhaps this understanding will help me connect with the laptop-loving audience in a way that I couldn’t a year ago.  They hardly looked up from their screens a year ago.  A small number of tickets are still available online for Friday’s show:   http://www.mom2summit.com/explore/carnivale/ Hope to see you there, but please, leave your laptops at home.  I know I might....

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Valentine’s Day– the song, the show

Posted by on Feb 11, 2009

Valentine’s Day.  It’s a big day for couples.  I have been absorbed in booking shows and recording songs lately, so I have missed the displays and the commercials, but Valentine’s Day is a big day for me too.  There was one particular V-day that I still care to remember, it was so special that I wrote a song about it called what else?  Valentine’s Day.  I wrote it the week after Valentine’s Day last year, and next week I get to play it at a show, surrounded by couples at candlelit tables.  It all sounds so…doesn’t it? I’m willing to bet everyone has at least one pleasant Valentine’s Day memory.  Embrace it!  If you’re still looking for one, come to my show and I’ll sing you a song about mine.  That way neither one of us will be lonely… Love, Andrew...

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