Just got back from doing my first street performance as part of Make Music New York, and it was a lot of fun. At first it was soooo awkward to just start singin’ my songs in a quiet little park, especially with just the tracks playing out of my radio to accompany me and no mic or vocal amplification, but then I realized, you know what? I have a performance to do, and I’m just gonna do it and have fun. But I cannot wait till I get my amplification unit this week so that the next time I have an outdoor performance the sound will be balanced and I won’t kill my voice.
I debuted two songs that have never been performed before, “Good Time” and “Dance Dance Dance,” both of which I really like, and I think they went over really well. In the chorus of “Dance Dance Dance” I say, “I don’t care what you think/gonna flip my hair and sip my drink/and dance dance dance,” and it was so cute because when I asked the audience to sing along to the chorus, this demure man on the bench who was just minding his own business suddenly went, “I don’t care what you think, gonna flip my hair and sip my drink,” and did a hair-flipping motion. I didn’t even realize he was gay but he totally queened out on that line. LOVED IT!
I closed the show as I usually do with “Everybody’s Crazy in New York” and people loved that. It’s funny because everyone in New York knows we’re all crazy but no one stops being crazy. I guess it’s something in the air.