The first gig in a week and I have to admit I have enjoyed the week off. When I say I had the week off I have still been working on other projects. I haven't had an actual day off in months but it is nice to step away from performing for a bit. I'm starting to feel like I need some new material that can become the backbone of my sets for the next six months. Even though some of these routines are less than a year old (heck, some of them are less than a month old) when you feel a need to move forward you need to take it. I haven't had that opportunity to write new material as yet but some vague ideas are beginning to take some form.
After having a week off though it is a smart move to work with material you know back to front. I was also hosting this night at Bluecorn Mexican Restaurant so once again my job for the night was to make certain the show worked as smoothly as possible. With a line up that included Dave Hughes, Jeff Green and Rusty Berther it was going to be a strong show so my job was basically don't muck it up.
This was my set list.
Set List One
Car Crash in Adelaide
Invite To Parties
Tripping and Farting
Set List Two
No Need To Share All Your Opinions
Watching Movies Out of Context
Glitter in Invitations
People Wearing Your Glasses
I was a bit all over the place to begin with. I was definitely out of rhythm with having not performed for a week and felt a bit word salad onstage. When you misuse a word in a routine you have to concentrate on not dwelling about that while you continue to perform because then you'll use the wrong word in the next routine. Which is exactly what I did! Considering how many gigs I've performed in my career let alone this year it is funny how you can still make some old mistakes.
What I did manage to do well was keep performing as if everything was going to plan. Regardless of the fact that inside my head I was seething at my missteps, on the surface it was all big smiles letting everybody think this was the best night of my life. Luckily for me the audience was excellent and the room was set up in a way that I could feed off the positive energy. I really enjoyed the gig even if I was slightly off my game.
I've been feeling a bit down since the end of The Shelf. This is a similar feeling you have after the festivals are all done. A slight feeling of, right, I did that, now what? I also find August to be the month where I struggle with motivation the most. The year is old enough that you have run out of creative energy and the end of the year feels so far away. Yet this is the month where you have to make so many decisions on what you will do next year. I am constantly bemused by the irony of having to make decisions for my future when I feel like I could go on holiday and do nothing.
I think the key to riding out this month is to consume as much as possible. Books, TV shows, movies, poetry, ideas...anything that will get the brain working and thinking is a great way to avoid this greyest of months. It doesn't help that we're right at the end of winter either. Soon spring will be here and with that the promise of blue skies and positive thoughts. For the moment though I will use these types of gigs to have fun and prepare myself with as many new ideas as possible so when September kicks in I too can get back on track.
29th of August, 2013