Performing in an artistic setting… no better way to play.
I had the pleasure of performing at Beachcomber Art Studio for the kick-off of the Breezing Through the Arts in Boynton series last Thursday.
This monthly event (every 3rd Thursday, 5pm – 9pm), sponsored by the Creative Business Alliance of Boynton Beach, features a trolley tour of the local art galleries & studios in Boynton Beach. The tour starts and ends at The Backyard in Boynton Beach, where the party continues even after the trolley tour has ended.
I didn’t get to tour the other studios because I was performing, but I can tell you that we had a beachin’ party at Beachcomber Art Studio – wine, yummy munchies, live music (me :), balloon magic, tarot card readings, and more – surrounded by Debbie Brookes’ unique organic beach-combed art.
It was a fun and interesting group of people who attended… some wandering in and out as they continued on the tour, but quite a few who arrived at the studio and stayed with us through a few trolley trips or for the duration.
For my part, I really enjoyed the event. I love getting to perform a wide range of music to an appreciative audience in an artistic setting… ingredients for quite a pleasant gig.
I especially love pulling out the more obscure tunes because you never know who’s listening. I sang an old Edith Piaf song in French because the spirit, the moment, and the ambiance moved me, thinking it would slip by unnoticed. There was much movement in the studio at that moment as people wandered around, admiring the art and engaging in the other activities. That was about halfway through my set. I sang a few more songs, then took a break. And as I stepped away to relax for a bit, a woman came up and complimented me on the Edith Piaf song. Never underestimate your audience :)
I also performed my original music, including some of my newest songs. I have been quite pleased with the response “Rainbow Pas de Deux” has been getting across a wide range of audience. Though I wrote it and hear/envision it with a more orchestrated, Disney-esque arrangement, it works really well with just me and the uke. I may want to pause the recording of the more involved arrangement to record a simple, unplugged version for release, but that’s for another blog.