Learning As I Go
In every gig, I learn something new. When you play music with women, there is always a different perspective.
Here is the first one. Our last gig was on St. Patrick’s day. (I got busy and posted a day late.) I showed up in whatever I’d worn to the office, but my wife brought me a different shirt for the show. I thought the one I had on was O.K., but she explained it had no green, and the color was imperative on St. Patrick’s day. I asked why, and she said if you don’t wear green it gives women the right to pinch you. Given my high profile with the nursing home population, and the the predominant demographic of elderly and female, it made sense to me, and changed shirts.
Number two. If you’ll notice on T.V. most singers have an ear plug. It ain’t a hearing aid, and they are not listening to their IPOD or the ball game. This is an in-ear monitor. Believe it or not, we use ’em too. When you are on stage, the ability to hear the mix is imperative. Without a good monitor it’s like driving at night with no headlights. Anyway, I was having trouble clipping mine on, and Marfar used some sort of gadget that held it in place better than anything the boys have ever come up with. After the show, I found out it was a hair clip. I kept in in my gig bag for my next Neuse River outing. I don’t know if they’ll make fun of me or want one, but it worked great.
Finally, I am always fascinated as to how the ladies engage their audience. As you know, their theme song is “When You’re Smiling.” Before they played the tune, they passed out some sorta green St. Paddy Day hand-help snapping contraption to keep time with, and every single one of the residents snapped along in time, and smiled, too. Aren’t they good?
Leave it to Marfar. She’s the best.