My Tuesday Winter Residency begins this week, Tuesday evening, 6:30-8:30pm, at The Finnish Bistro.
I wanted a place to play every week again.
The great thing about the bistro is the location is easy for people, the parking is easy, the food is great, and there's beer and wine.
The staff is respectful and respectable.
I love the people who work there.
I love the menu.
And I love the sound system.
I can be who I want to be.
I can wear whatever the heck I want, and I can play my entire repertoire...folk to rock...without feeling like I have to tone it down.
I'm planning to roll out some of the new pieces I've been working on.
The new pieces are meant to have a more low key delivery style and the bistro atmosphere should be good for that.
I like that it's a pretty place where you can see the first snowflakes coming down on the pretty street outside.
I don't want to be in an old smelly dive bar right now, which is so often the choice for a singer songwriter looking for an inspiring road weary vibe.
I don't want to be in a coffeeshop either, sorry, not sorry.
I want people to be able to have alcohol if they want it, and I want the people who don't drink to feel like it's not a drinking establishment.
The bistro is ideal.
It's not a bar, it doesn't have a bar.
But it has a stage and a sound system so I don't have to set up my own equipment on the floor in a corner.
I wish they would pay me more, but if people come to see me, I get a percentage of what they spend, so, under the circumstances, on a Tuesday, fair enough.
I get a free dinner and free wine.
Mostly, I get a safe place to be myself musically and try out new things in a very casual but not sloppy atmosphere.
There was a place I did a residency a while back, not mentioning names, where I felt that the low expectations of the place were rubbing off on me.
Nothing was being done to any level of excellence and I felt like it didn't matter at all what I delivered.
I have risen to a new level of expectations for myself and my own enjoyment of my performance.
With the Finnish Bistro, on a Tuesday, I know that anyone who comes there to see me will have a good to great experience overall.
I feel good about that, and that's becoming a much bigger deal to me now.
I want to be sure that if anyone takes the time to come see me that they will be glad they did.
Okay, here we go.
I want to evolve and grow and feel renewed for the coming year.
Big dreams, little bistro.