I've Built These Walls
It's too late
And be Better for it
I've Got My Ticket - Ukulele
(You and I) - Ukulele
You and I - Ukulele
(Where you lead) - Ukulele
Last year, I was much more comfortable with my songs, my instrument, and just playing in front of people in general. I sang to a completely crowed room and accidentally left with someone else's guitar. (Which of course I turned around and gave back as soon as I noticed!) It was definitely a memorable show for me.
This year was really different for me though. It has been awhile since I have played a gig, and I was mad nervous. But then there was the buzz....that buzz in your veins that you can't get away from once it starts. Michelangelo's was very busy and loud again this year, which is both really fun and intimidating at the same time. During my first song of the night, there was a moment where I had to either decide to let the nerves that were building under my skin get the better of me, or I had to use them and turn them into something good. It was a single deep breath, a sliver of a moment, and I think it is one of the biggest things performing live has taught me....Over the last three years, playing at NMF, a lot has changed for me...but I am so thankful that I get the opportunity to do what I love. Feeling that buzz while I was playing was like a sigh of relief. This is still good. This is still what I love. I'm going to be okay.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out, and for everyone who stayed and listened! It was such a blast playing for you all! I look forward to playing at Norman Music Festival 10 and seeing how much this year will change me as a musician. <3
Find what you love and pursue it, because even when it gets hard, it is still so rewarding!