First Gig Since Treatment!

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fishmanpa
fishmanpa Member Posts: 1,227 Member

Well....

I did it! My first public performance in a year and a half. When we drove to the mountain, the sign said that Skyland was "FULL"! That means a packed house in the lounge where I perform. The weather was beautiful albeit pretty cold at 3500ft but it was a gorgeous drive.

Set up/sound check and hit the stage at 8:30 for my 90 minute show. WOW! What can I say? I was pretty anxious about my voice but it held out and I sounded good. I felt relaxed and at ease. It was as if I never took a break. I started to lose my voice a bit at the very end but not noticeable to anyone but me. As I perform more, my voice will gain strength and hopefully my higher registers will return. The best part was that for a time while I was on stage, I forgot about the cancer. I have been so concious of how my neck and throat feel when I sing but there were moments that I was lost in the music and it didn;t even cross my mind. 

Lots of folks came up afterwards with very kind words and the tip jars were packed full

I'm BACK!

"T"

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  • KTeacher
    KTeacher Member Posts: 1,103 Member
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    GREAT!!!

    Way to go T.  Keep on keeping on.  Warms the heart to hear such good news.

  • Kelly_Scott
    Kelly_Scott Member Posts: 6
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    "I'm BACK!"
    Copy that. Best

    "I'm BACK!"

    Copy that. Best part of the post my fellow traveller.

  • Skiffin16
    Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
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    T-Bone..

    Awesome....

    JG

  • jim and i
    jim and i Member Posts: 1,788 Member
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    YEAH!!!!!!!!

    So happy your first gig was a success. May you have many more.

    Debbie

  • Guzzle
    Guzzle Member Posts: 710
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    jim and i said:

    YEAH!!!!!!!!

    So happy your first gig was a success. May you have many more.

    Debbie

    Live music

    I love live music! It is part of our heritage in Liverpool. Have you spoken to Denis on this site who is an English muso who emigrated to the US in the 70s? And as I cant make your gig do you have a link to any of your performances so that I can have a listen. Well done mate. Performing is a gift that I don't have but I am in awe of. And you still have it!

  • Mikemetz
    Mikemetz Member Posts: 465 Member
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    Good on ya!

    Congrats on the first gig back!

    What kind of music do you play?

    mike

     

  • fishmanpa
    fishmanpa Member Posts: 1,227 Member
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    Mikemetz said:

    Good on ya!

    Congrats on the first gig back!

    What kind of music do you play?

    mike

     

    I call it "Eclectic Acoustic Ear Candy"

    I do a rather eclectic mix of acoustic music. From 60's to current. I tend to mix in some well known and unknown music and artists. Just music that fits my style and tastes. Because I can pick and choose my gigs and venues, I don't have to cater to anyone inparticular. When I perform, I do "mini sets" of an artist or subject. "Songs from Scrubs", "Cat Stevens", "Jethro Tull", "Lyle Lovett", "Jim Croce", etc....

    Positive thoughts and prayers

    "T"

  • CivilMatt
    CivilMatt Member Posts: 4,723 Member
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    T's back

    Hi T,

    Congratulations, a high note to my day.

    Inspirationally yours,

    Matt

  • KB56
    KB56 Member Posts: 318 Member
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    Live music

    "T", great news on the gig!   I love music as well, not a player of it ( other than a mean air guitar) but a true enjoyer of it.  

     

    Congratulations,

    Keith

  • phrannie51
    phrannie51 Member Posts: 4,716
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    Whoo Hoo T!!!

    I knew you'd be back....never had a doubt.  Congrats on the huge success of your first gig.....

    p

  • Grandmax4
    Grandmax4 Member Posts: 723
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    Awesome

    T, so happy for you..

  • debbiejeanne
    debbiejeanne Member Posts: 3,102 Member
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    T, that is awesome and i know

    T, that is awesome and i know this first one was just to get you back in the know of performing.  Here's to many, many more, friend!

    dj

  • MarineE5
    MarineE5 Member Posts: 1,034 Member
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    T = Terrific

    My Best to You and Everyone Here

  • donfoo
    donfoo Member Posts: 1,773 Member
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    yess....

    You ARE back!

  • CathyHorner
    CathyHorner Member Posts: 29
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    awesome

    This is awesome. I am so happy for you!!!

     

    I'm guessing I'll never perform again :( I've played guitar for 40 years, have taught lessons for over 20 yearsl. My CD of fingerstyle instrumentals were featured in guitar player magazine and play on the radio internationally. Lessons were my main income and since I can't talk I can't teach. I have a broken heart

  • wmc
    wmc Member Posts: 1,804
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    You forgot about the cancer.....

    That's really great news "T". The best part was, you got lost in the music and for that moment it was only the music, nothing else. Gota love those moments. There will be many more and much more often for you now. God bless those brief moments when all seems "like it used to be".

    Bill   Oct 2013

  • GavinP
    GavinP Member Posts: 118
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    wmc said:

    You forgot about the cancer.....

    That's really great news "T". The best part was, you got lost in the music and for that moment it was only the music, nothing else. Gota love those moments. There will be many more and much more often for you now. God bless those brief moments when all seems "like it used to be".

    Bill   Oct 2013

    inspirational...

    I think everyone will fine a LOT of inspiration in this. To go through a major battle with (tongue/throat?) cancer and still be able to come back and perform pretty much like you did before is such an achievement.

     

    When I think of the terrible state I got myself into last year when I thought I might have tongue cancer and that it was the end of my life as I know it, etc... Your experiance show's this is not the case at all.

     

    Congrats and long may you continue to perform. :)

  • cureitall66
    cureitall66 Member Posts: 913
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    Yeah....

    "T"

    Good to hear you got out there.....and got something else on your mind.

    ~C

  • hwt
    hwt Member Posts: 2,328 Member
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    Yeah....

    "T"

    Good to hear you got out there.....and got something else on your mind.

    ~C

    One more tip

    Keep doing what you're doing...sounds like it's working!

  • katenorwood
    katenorwood Member Posts: 1,912
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    Inspirational T !

    These are the times when we can rejoice in the victories !  Congrads T !  I'll be smiling with this post for awhile !  I had no doubt you would do it !  Hugs sent !  Katie