Last night was not easy but it turned out great.
Youtube gave me the wrong impression when I set up the show.
I'm going to blame them because the last time I did the exact same steps, in late March, it worked.
This time they've changed the process but I didn't understand that it wouldn't work the same way until right when the show was supposed to start.
It allowed me to set up my link but when the time came to start the show it said I needed an encoder.
I couldn't figure it out on the spot like that.
You have to choose and download an encoder and then sync it to your youtube link.
I started to perspire.
Luckily I remembered the name "Streamyard" and I dashed over to their website...and it worked...somehow it worked!
They didn't even ask for credit card information, it just worked like a charm!
I have absolutely no idea how people were able to comment, no idea how it ended up on my facebook page.
But it worked and I think most people who wanted to watch the show were able to find me eventually.
Over a hundred people logged in to the link, which is like a hundred people attending a performance.
About a quarter of those people gave a donation to the "tip jar" on either my gofundme site or to my paypal or venmo address.
I've played shows that have no admission price and I've watched many many people walk right by my tip jar after my show and give nothing.
I'm guessing that about a quarter of the audience giving a free will donation is pretty average.
The great news is it's not about the money.
It was about the comradery for me last night.
It was about being a performer.
I see how much I adore being a performer.
You can be a performer by teaching and I've done that.
It's okay but it's not at all as great as just putting on a show, for me.
I love to put on a show for people.
I'm not flashy, I never needed to be perfect, imperfection is part of my stock and trade.
Shabby chic was always my decorating style, and it's my music style too.
But I'm absolutely in love with the whole thing and it just needs to keep happening, however I can swing it.
Rob offered me some cool ideas last night after my show.
He told me he's been doing some brainstorming with other musician clients of his.
I told him about my front porch concert series I want to do in June and he said that's a good idea.
He said also I could do an outdoor house concert for others, where I show up, they have an extension cord for me, I play on their deck, they have ten friends come with a folding chair and a cooler for themselves, everyone sits far apart outside.
That would totally work.
Also, I can do a "Zoom house concert" for anyone anywhere, even on Europe time.
I can host a Zoom meeting, everyone logs in to a Zoom link, which is free I'm pretty sure.
Everyone can see each other along the sides and me in the middle.
I perform songs and people can actually clap and hoot and holler.
People can sing along.
People can talk, ask questions, request songs, shout "Encore!"
We could set it up with a group of ten strangers, just fans of my music from anywhere in the world.
Or we can set it up as a "house concert" where someone hosts it with me and they invite a specific group of their own friends so everyone knows everyone.
I put on the show and everybody participates.
I think ten might be the most you can have in a zoom meeting.
I do this every week already for my screenwriting class and it works great.
If you have very lousy internet service this may not work for you.
Also, the musical sound is never great on any of this stuff.
Last night my tiny microphone inside my laptop was all I was using for technology.
That thing is clearly not intended for a music show, not even acoustic music.
I hate wrecking the music with all this shitty technology.
I saw Neil Young's super beautiful fireside concert series from his home.
His home is set up for it, the sound equipment is elaborate and ideal.
Someone is probably there helping film and run sound for him.
It's downright majestic.
My little shows, so far, are not majestic, from home.
I'd like to get to a less homespun and more beautiful production level.
If you like the Zoom meeting "house concert" idea, let me know and we could do one.
I think it would work great and be really fun.
Rainy day here so far.
I bought vegetable seeds and plants for our new garden beds yesterday.
If it stops raining I'll get them planted today.
My new room is divine.
Rob is referring to it as "your office" which I love and appreciate.
Today I'm setting up a mic on a stand, my Orange amp and my Guyatone guitar.
I'm over the strictly acoustic Corona Virus sound.
I'm into rockin' in the free world with Mister Young!
More on everything to come!
So many ideas!
Let's see what sticks.
Life is big and wide and mysterious.
Let's stretch out and cover as much as we can!