Remember my announcement? I’ll be hosting a private house-concert, where I’ll sing and play for invited guests. Beverages will be served:
I’m starting getting nervous, although I haven’t even sent out the invitations yet. Some people have been reading the blog and told me they’ll be attending. I’ve been practicing the Tori Amos-songs I’m gonna play since the end of May (or longer). Last week I played them all through for the first time and – I’ll have to cut the programme. Right now it’s 18 songs lasting two hours. Afterwards I started playing one of my own songs. I thought they might mix with Tori Amos’, but no, sounds like a wholly different language. So there won’t be any original songs at the concert. It will be a tribute to Tori Amos. Though I’ve been quite good with the practicing, they don’t sound like I want them yet. I can’t play them by heart, so I have big wads of paper on the piano stand. And for the concert there probably will be the keyboard (not stand). What I need is something like a power point presentation of the sheets, maybe activated by a switch for my left foot. Which reminds me of my dilemma with the sustain pedal of the keyboard. It is not fixed anywhere. The last time I played it, I had to fix it with gaffer tape. And it kept sneaking away. That’s big fun: you’re playing the piano and singing, performing, and all the while you fish around for your elusive sustain pedal with your right foot. Very elegant and relaxed.
But I will have to use the keyboard, because: the piano is out of tune, the room with the piano is way too small, and when I sit at the piano the audience only sees my backside. Very communicative. Just think of it: a whole audience thinking, “I didn’t know, her butt was sooo big. Why is she sitting like that with half of her butt flowing over the piano stool?” Better be fishing around for the sustain pedal. Oh, and the piano doesn’t have an organ sound. Okay, gaffer tape and ruin the hardwood floor.