First regarding the contest for when Datamusicata passed the 365,000 hits mark, we just crossed 346,000 hits as of Sunday, July 13, 2008. Now on to today’s post.
I just completed a weekend of southern California concerts. Friday in San Luis Obispo at the Clubhouse (www.clubhousereport.com) and Saturday in Woodland Hills at a house concert. And I want to talk about scheduling and travel on the day of the gig as opposed to traveling after the gig and sleeping late the next day.
Here’s what I decided would be the best plan. I would drive up to SLO on Thursday evening and then take a relaxing day Friday after sleeping til I woke up and then driving the 200 miles back to Los Angeles after the gig as I thought I would be wired anyhow.
And that is what I did.
I didn’t sleep as late as I planned because I was staying with some dear friends and their dogs begin their day before I do. But I still had a relaxing day and was always focused on the concert that evening.
I did some light exercise and a hike in the mountains behind Morro Bay, very light lunch and I was at the club by 5 pm. The show started at 8:30 and I like my shows to start on time or very close to that. I ate a salad and then sat in the dressing room and played for two hours.
The crowd was receptive and while not as many as I had hoped, Steve Key (www.stevekey.com) did a good job of getting enough folks in there to fill all the chairs at all the tables. The sound was quite good and I had a grand time and seemingly so did everyone else.
Then I did the long drive back to Los Angeles. It took me about three hours and when I go home, I was starved, exhausted and, somehow, wired from the drive. I couldn’t get to sleep until around 4 am.
At 6:30 the new kittens woke me up wanted to play “chew Jimmy’s hand”; I finally got back to sleep and the gardener showed up with many noisy machines. I gave up and got up. Fixed an early dinner and then took a nap, which lasted until too late for me to do my routine.
Instead of being at the gig at 5 pm, I was in the shower at 5 pm and when I got to the gig I had to impose upon my wife to bring the things that I forgot. I set everything up and went into my dressing room to warm up.
Even tho I played for about an hour before the show, I was not warmed up. Doing a two hour concert the night before had left my chops a little stiff and my intellect in the hopper. It literally took me until the second set to get my voice and chops back to a respectable level for my expectations.
And my looping box work was a little too long in developing. I was tired and just not as sharp as I had been the night before. Don’t misunderstand me, the show was all that it should be, but I was actually better the night before.
I need the rest and I need the two hours warm up to really be there for the audience, that’s why my second set is usually more musically solid than the first, unless I get to warm up first.
So thanks for reading this far. Here’s what I’m telling you today. Get plenty of rest before a show, get plenty of warm up and that depends upon what happened the night before and lastly, don’t drive after the gig. Go back to the hotel or wherever you are staying and sleep. Get up early enough in the morning to drive to where you must be, then take a nap and get ready for the gig.
That would have been the better plan. That good night’s sleep before a gig is all important. Your voice is the first place that weariness shows up. And it also impacts your celerity, your snappy comebacks and your performance.