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Friday Night Fun

The Friday before the 2009 Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival saw local musicians and festival performers take the stage at Buddes in Galesburg.

Joe Price, Vicki Price, Bernie Pearl and Mike Barry all took the stage for some solid blues jams as did local favorites Mike Budde, Nathan Hahn and Curtis Hawkins.

The packed bar got to hear a preview of the festival as well as win some festival swag (t-shirts, tickets and CDs).

What Does It Mean To Be “On”?

Last week, I played a short set at Budde’s open mic over in Galesburg. It was one of the best sets I ever played… but why?
I wasn’t particularly technical; I screwed up a few times, but kept going. So why did it feel so good? I think part of the answer lies in audience reaction – for some reason, they were paying more attention than normal and supported my playing with cheers and hoots. Obviously, that gets a musician motivated.
But I think it was more than that… for some reason, confidence was strong (that’s not a given), so I sang louder and with more conviction. Though I’m not sure why I felt better that night than others.
What I noticed most was that I felt part of the music. I wasn’t just playing a few songs – I was inhabiting them. I was feeling the strings, flowing with the music, almost surfing over the music with the lyrics. I was in there and believing it, and because of that, I think the end product was greater than the sum of its parts.
I was a magical feeling, but certainly elusive for me. Maybe one day, the recipe for that magical musical gumbo will reveal itself for me; until then, I’ll be content for those rare moments when I truly inhabit the music. After all, that why I keep coming back to play!

Last week, I played a short set at Budde’s open mic over in Galesburg. It was one of the best sets I ever played… but why?
I wasn’t particularly technical; I screwed up a few times, but kept going. So why did it feel so good? I think part of the answer lies in audience reaction – for some reason, they were paying more attention than normal and supported my playing with cheers and hoots. Obviously, that gets a musician motivated.
But I think it was more than that… for some reason, confidence was strong (that’s not a given), so I sang louder and with more conviction. Though I’m not sure why I felt better that night than others.
What I noticed most was that I felt part of the music. I wasn’t just playing a few songs – I was inhabiting them. I was feeling the strings, flowing with the music, almost surfing over the music with the lyrics. I was in there and believing it, and because of that, I think the end product was greater than the sum of its parts.
I was a magical feeling, but certainly elusive for me. Maybe one day, the recipe for that magical musical gumbo will reveal itself for me; until then, I’ll be content for those rare moments when I truly inhabit the music. After all, that why I keep coming back to play!

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