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As it turns out, it was a great show at Richard's Cafe in Whites Creek, TN. First off, I couldn't resist having a wee little meal after the show.  This is what I ate at this Louisiana/Cajun-style eatery .  .  . [caption id="attachment_906" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I ate Jambalaya!! Yummy!"][/caption] (Performers get a whopping 50% discount on all food, and so what the heck, I helped myself!)  It was mighty tasty and a perfect treat after a good show. I have been struggling with chest congestion problems due to allergies over the last couple of weeks and was very worried about not only having trouble singing but also just sounding horrible.  It wreaked havoc on our practice last week.  I've spent the last two days drugged up hoping to be able to sound great at the show. Thankfully, it turned out to be a non-issue.  My voice, by some miracle, was in good form. My drummer Tim Good and I went through our set quite smoothly and managed to rock the house a little.  This was my first time performing at Richard's Cafe.  It's actually a lovely little joint that feels like it's in the middle of nowhere but is only 15 minutes north of downtown Nashville. Additionally, this was my first show playing with Tim, and I have to say that he really stepped it up.  He's a really great musician, and I'm so proud to have him by my side. Our set started promptly around 6:15 PM, and we played to an audience of about 40 people. Here was the setlist: 1.  Villain 2.  Up To You 3.  Shadows Dance 4.  Torrid 5.  Arabesque 6.  When Doves Cry (Prince cover) 7.  Mr. Stranger 8.  Tears In Savannah 9.  Fear This set took us close to an hour.  We were able to hear ourselves well in the monitors, and Richard, the owner of this fine establishment, was very accommodating.   Gosh, everything went so smoothly. There were some changes to the music.  In "Shadows Dance", we cut out the instrumental section, sped up the tempo just a tad, and I put in a little more staccato in my playing.  This gave it much more of a bounce. "Arabesque" went very well.  I also added more staccato to the instrumental.   The arrangement that Tim and I worked out really fits the song better. I performed a new song called "Torrid".  It's a slow ballad played percussively on the piano.  This was the only song I played solo.   I now have a very good idea of what it needs.  It's definitely missing just a little something, and so, back to the drawing board on this one.  Even so, I'm so happy to finally be performing it.  (I have quite an attachment to it really.) Overall, I don't think I could have asked for a better set.  Richard's Cafe is a wonderful venue, and I'm looking forward to playing there again. I now have an extremely busy week ahead.  While I don't have any more shows planned for May, there's a lot going on behind the scenes.  (More on this later.)  In June, there will be big shows at Cafe Coco and The Basement here in Nashville.  There are a couple more for June and several more over the rest of the summer.  All of these will be announced over the next few weeks. Have a fun-filled weekend! -gordo

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