Opening Night

More coffee needed!!

I will say this: It’s all about preparation!

Ok, so let me back up.  The first show of the tour is especially nerve wracking.  And last night’s show included the debut of eight new tunes.  Couple that with the technical glitches that are bound to happen on the first show, especially one with this much specialized equipment.

So back to preparation.  The days before tour, or rather, the weeks before tour, are usually hectic.  Being away for three weeks usually means getting my life squared away before I go, as well as getting everything I need for tour squared away (see my Time To Pack entry) and that means my time is limited.  And there’s a huge difference between knowing songs and REALLY knowing songs.  Because when you really know a song there’s no brain activity involved.  It’s that muscle memory thing I’ve blogged about before.  But at this point, there’s no way that’s going to happen yet with all this new material.  So I have to rely on my brain.

And so I have a technique.  It’s a little time consuming but it definitely works, at least for lyrics.  I take each line and close my eyes and create a visual image of the line.  And I try to tie each phrase together… in the weirdest way possible!  Because you can remember bizarre stuff so much more easily than normal stuff.  So the weirder the better.

So.  I forgot some stuff.  But not a ton.  I got through it.  And it was a good show.

But the thing that worked for me was that on the second tune Robert took a solo and he just went off!  And kept going.  And kept going.  And I laughed.  And that was all I needed.  Now I’m relaxed.  And then a few tunes later my chops woke up and I was able to play whatever came to my head.  That’s the goal.  Relaxed and able to go anywhere.

And it’s so good to get that first night out of the way.

More coffee needed.

Oh, some people asked what I was reading and listening to.  As far as listening, it’s been all homework.  But after the show, Robert has the absolute best playlists.  It’s like a zillion old funk bands that you never heard of that are off the hook.  It’s great!

I’m currently reading Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, for the second time, because I want to read the next two in that series.  And now I guess some other author has continued that series?  I wonder how that is.

And I’m reading The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Strawb.  I just read 11/22/63 by King and absolutely LOVED it and wanted some more King, but the Talisman isn’t holding my interest.  I read it years ago and really liked it, but it’s not doing it for me this time.

So, question of the day: fiction or non-fiction?