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an open mic with the Vacant Stairs


we did our first ever performance in really real public tonight.


it was... quite like a trainwreck.

*i was nervous and kept screwing up on chords.
*my voice kept cracking.
*i forgot the words once.
*the bass wouldn't work, so we had no bass for the first song, and TONS of dead air between songs while the guy tried helping Laura fix it, so I had to keep the crowd occupied.
*The place we did it, Mill's End, is.. outside... on a major walkway near ASU, so it's frequented by many people in the evenings. There were folk sitting around, watching, wincing, ignoring, shaking their heads sadly. there were people walking by, looking over their shoulders with sneers as i would hit a wrong chord yet again.

on a positive note:

*Stace RAWKED on the trumpet, it sounded wonderful.
*the weather was PERFECT. can't get better temps outside than it was tonight. not hot, not chilly. perfect.
*the first performance is OUT OF THE WAY. now that i'm getting the feel of actually PERFORMING for people (karaoke so does not count, nor does a house party with friends and a half wasted band), i think i can handle this.

and i think i like it. :)

it only gets better from here. and i left tonight, feeling quite accomplished, that i was finally able to perform 'on stage' for the first time ever with my band.



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Mar. 13th, 2003 10:47 pm (UTC)
It's only up from here Aubs, I'm so proud *hugs*
Mar. 14th, 2003 11:30 pm (UTC)
lol. thanks :)

and i HOPE it's only up from here! certainly cannot get any WORSE!
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Mar. 13th, 2003 11:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, you will do better next time. Being nervous when in front of a bunch of people is natural, especially the first time. With time and practice, you will deal with it better.

It could have been worse. At least the crowd wasn't booing and throwing stuff at your group.
Mar. 14th, 2003 11:34 pm (UTC)
i know we'll do better. toward the end of the second song, i relaxed considerably, and was wondering what i had been so terrified of.
Mar. 13th, 2003 11:42 pm (UTC)

Perhaps I'm just not paying attention to the THREE Vacant Stairs members journals that are on my friends list - but I had NO idea you guys were playing tonight. I so would've been there.

As it was, I watched movies all night.

Dammit...Aubrey...don't you guys know that I'm an experienced roadie on a stick?
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Mar. 14th, 2003 02:13 am (UTC)
Things will, like cheese, get better with age!! Not that I'm saying that you are moldy......
So, when are you gonna tour Oregon?
Mar. 15th, 2003 12:04 am (UTC)
as soon as possible. i promise. i have family up there, you know.
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Mar. 14th, 2003 02:48 am (UTC)
Ah, most bands' first gigs suck massive rocks. It's part of the learning process. The more you play out, the better you'll get at it. I'm very proud of you and littledevi for doing it though. I can't wait to hear more live gig stories from both of yas. Just let me know when you tour the North East so I can come follow you around. ;)
Mar. 15th, 2003 12:12 am (UTC)
and you can't forget norsican, standing there and lookin purdy with the bass in hand!

lol - what better way to get a following, than through lj?
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Mar. 14th, 2003 02:51 am (UTC)
trust me, it gets a lot easier very rapidly. you start to know your way around a stage, how to soundcheck, how to setup, ways to play and do things a little differently for the live arena - anything you need to know, just ask me or any other of the mates you have who are doubtlessly in bands, being 'art' types like ourselves!
Mar. 17th, 2003 08:02 pm (UTC)
we performed at stace's party on saturday, and, although it was friends, i felt SO much more comfortable. so so so so so so so so so so much more comfy.

i'm already looking forward to the next performance!
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Mar. 15th, 2003 10:39 am (UTC)
thank you :)

i think we did well, too, all things considered.

but it will still be good fodder for stories down the road ;)
Mar. 14th, 2003 08:37 am (UTC)
Woo, awesome, sounds fantastic! Go get 'em! :D
Mar. 15th, 2003 10:45 am (UTC)

i already can't wait until the next one!!!
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