I am very happy with the three solo performances I gave this weekend. I made some silly rookie mistakes – for example I did not repeat the questions people were asking me, which meant that people in the back were left wondering what I was talking about – but the overall result was good, much better than I expected in fact. I enjoyed playing solo very much (no, it won’t ever replace performing with a band because it is completely different) and the audience was so receptive both to my music and my words that I am looking forward to doing more solo shows, either later this year or in 2007.
My next experiment? I want to add a slideshow from my laptop, connected to a video projector. I would show my photos: Santa Fe, New Mexico, landscapes, skies, macro etc… I would also create a series of words and sayings that would be projected while I am talking – maybe even while I am playing guitar… Cleverly used, words could sometimes contradict and sometimes underscore what I say. They could add background to a story, serve as an explanation, or even present a different angle altogether. I would come up with a few dozen “sayings” or word-combinations which could play at random behind me. This adds another element and of course this new element will either distract or enhance.
I will just have to try this sometime and see it in action in order to come to a conclusion. On one hand I love the simplicity of performing with just a guitar and a microphone, on the other hand it might be nice to bring my own photos to the performance. Distraction or enhancement…
Memory from Seattle: after midnight, before taking the elevator up to a room above the club, I looked over at the stage one last time. In the middle of it remained a lone chair.