First, the bullshit:
My original plan was to go home after work, change, and then hit the bar at 8 to do a quick sound check, since I'd never played this place before and I'd never used this set-up with a real P.A. before. At 4:30 I get an e-mail from the guy I booked the show through that there's some fundraising party happening there from 6 to 9, with like 100 Wall Street types, so if I want to soundcheck I'd have to get there before 5:30. Now, even if I'd brought my stuff with me to work, I wouldn't have been able to get down there and be ready to sound check until at least 5:45. So there's major panic happening: I get no sound check, and the bar will be swarming with yuppie bastards - not the crowd I want at my show.
The second (and last) bit of bullshit was that the bar's air conditioner was busted. There was one (1) fan in the whole place, which happened to be directly in front of me. I'm not sure that I've ever sweated (sweat?) so much in my entire life. At one point during the show, I looked down and there were little puddles of sweat near my feet.
Ok, all that aside, the show itself was pretty good, all things considering. The first 3 songs sounded somewhat shitty; the P.A. was making everything really muddy and crackly, and I was getting discouraged that I'd be able to continue the set. The whole point of the show was to showcase this looping system - I really didn't want to bail. My friend Todd came over and tweaked a few things, and then suddenly everything sounded amazing. From there on in the show felt great; my voice perked up; my guitar playing got looser; the energy picked up and I felt a lot more confident that it was working. I wasn't afraid to stop singing and just jam out.
Unfortunately I did not tape this show; but then again, the next one will be 1000 times better, now that I know what needs to happen in terms of good sound quality.
Anyway, it's over, I feel a lot less stressed out, it seemed to go over really well, and - here's the best part - all that hard work I did in preparation has seemed to translate into a desire to maintain that kind of work ethic. If I'm going to make this thing work, I need to be working at it at full blast all the time, not just out of desperation because I'm underprepared for a gig. It feels good to know that all that work has instilled a sense of motivation; I'm gonna need it now, more than ever, once I start putting an actual real-live band together.
I am also looking forward to writing non-music-related LJ posts; I was getting pretty boring, I know.