Singin' songs!

Last night I performed in the Songwriters Hall of Fame showcase at The Bitter End in NYC, and it was SO AWESOME. Luckily, I seem to have really tapped into some kind of awesome energy when I was performing last Saturday, and I was totally in that space again for this show. When I went to the showcase back in the fall, an amazing Indian group called Falu closed the show, and they were so amazing that even after two hours of watching nonstop acts, the audience was begging for an encore. I really hoped that, since I got to close the show this time, the audience would ask me for an encore, and they did!! Luckily, I had planned for that and prepared to sing “Everybody’s Crazy In New York” as my encore, which went over great. Before that, I did Dance Dance Dance and My Ex Is Delicious, which everyone loved.

Also, for the first time since I’ve had my CDs to sell (only the last two shows, but still), I sold 6 CDs, and people were BEGGING to sign up on the email list! I was so happy to have really blown people away. The other awesome thing was that SO MANY of my friends showed up, including people who are at every show, people who came to one show a year ago, and people who had been meaning to come to a show for months. It was so great to have such solid support and to give such a great show when I had everyone there. It was also really interesting to learn that when letting people pay what they wanted for my CDs, the price still worked out to $10/cd, since some people paid less and some paid more. Very good to know, and very exciting!

People have also started to bring friends to my show and get them to sign the email list as well, which is awesome and just what I need/want. AND the show was caught on tape and film from multiple angles, so I look forward to showing you those videos and pictures! I also met a lot of great people, which will hopefully lead to some cool collaborations and friendships.

I’m also so relieved to see that playing shows with just me and tracks can be so well-received. It’s awesome to be working with a DJ now for my live show as well, but it’s good to know that if I ever need to do a totally solo show, the audience will still be totally into it. I’ve also been getting a lot of compliments on my production skills, which is awesome since that’s the area in which I feel I know the least. But if I still know how to make songs that people like, that’s a great place to start! Yay!

Me at Public Assembly after my show. Photo credit: Niko Lamas

So a few weeks ago my friend Joe Gatti of the band JoGaBot invited me to play a show with him at Public Assembly on 12.26.09. I was excited to be invited, but I don’t think I thought the show would be as important to me as it ended up being. This show was a really important moment for me.

1. I put a bunch of time before the show into cleaning and flat ironing my wig, which meant that instead of it looking like the cheap, everyday costume store plastic hair that it is, it looked stylized and slick, and really completed my outfit nicely (that rug really tied the room together, man!). I really felt great about how I looked at this show, and it paid off because it got a lot of people taking pictures and video of my show, which I don’t think they’d do if I didn’t look unusual and interesting and capture their attention. Attracting attention of a nice photographer at the venue, by the way, is what got me the gorgeous photo you see above. And I love that photo!!!!!!

2. It was a full on solo show in a venue with beautiful sound, and I got a great quality video of the whole show, courtesy of my wonderful friend Elijah. This allowed me to really see that my show really sounds excellent with tracks on a great sound system and live vocals, and there’s nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to performing with tracks. What I bring to the table as an artist is the ability to write and record songs in my home studio and sing them live, not play them live, and my show needs to consist of me doing what I do best to best showcase the music and my performing abilities. I think performing with tracks does that, and now I have fantastic video evidence of that to show to any promoter/booker who thinks a show performed with tracks wouldn’t work or be enjoyable or sound awesome, because it is awesome and enjoyable. Finally, I have good video of what I can do live as a solo act! I am SO relieved and excited about that and I think it will be a great help as I go about trying to book a lot of shows this year.

3. I had a great time with this show and was very happy with how it turned out, and there were a lot of random people in the room who heard and watched the show and signed up for my email list afterwards. As I went around the room collecting email addresses, a lot of people kept saying to me “I really hope you do well with this, because you really deserve to. You had such great energy up there and your voice is amazing!” and things like that, which was awesome. People seemed surprised that I was able to put on a high-energy show in a low-attendance room, but my feeling was, a) you have to do your best at every single show because you never know who’s watching, even if it’s only one person (and I proved this with this show, since if I hadn’t given a great show, I wouldn’t have won over any of those new fans) and b) I knew I needed a great video of me doing a great performance, and dammit, I was going to get it come hell or no audience! (And I did!)