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Tour Notes: A Small But Select Audience

Posted on May 7, 2010 with 1 comment

April 9, Provincetown, MA

Sometimes the audience is sparse. It happens. It can be the result of poor publicity, bad weather, gorgeous weather, flu season, sports events, holidays - or, as in Provincetown, simply the result of playing at a weird time of year in an area where people don’t know you.

At its best, playing for a small audience can be like sitting down with a few friends. This was one of those. The people who came really wanted to be there. I could stand on the stage with the lights in my eyes and pretend I was playing to hundreds - or I could step down off the stage without the microphone and talk to people one on one. I hope to go back to the Cape and play to a full room - but I don’t regret spending that evening with those eight people at all.

Another highlight in Provincetown was lunch at Napi's restaurant, where the doors to the toilets are labelled "Either" and "Or".


July 22, 2010

Didn't Jesus speak about two or three gathered together to remember him with bread and wine? (Sometimes my Sunday school lessons pop up.) Sharing songs - the tragic ones and the comic ones - is a similar activity, bordering on the sacred. It's not about the numbers. It's about the occasion.