...where it just doesn't really come together?
I had one of m worst gigs in recent memory in a while. It wasn't that I played particularly bad, but I wasn't on my "A" game either.
It started off like any other gig - we hit things hard and fast with a couple of big band standards that for me are kind of blow - "Fly Me To The Moon," and "Luck Be A Lady." Then we rolled into a lot of other stuff to include our "Going To A GoGo/Nowhere to Run" medley that has some longish lines in it, and I noticed at that point that my chops weren't running at 100%. I got through the gig ok from a chops perspective, but my overall accuracy left some to be desired.
I think what bothered me the most was the vocal stuff. I completely blanked on the first verse of "Happy" and we debuted our new tune "Rude" with me on lead vocals, and I came in on the wrong key. (too high) In my defense, there's just not much to grab onto at the top of that song and my in-ears mix was lacking in bass tonight - not typically a problem except for when I only have a half of a beat to find the right note, apparently.
For both of those tunes, once I got back in I was ok for the rest of the song and the rest of my vocals went ok I suppose, but overall, suffice it to say, I've had better gigs.
To add insult to injury, when my chops were settling in, we were playing "Footloose" and in the big chord buildup to the last choruses, just as I was tanking up to have enough air to get through that, I sucked in a moth that happened to fly within range, which led to a fit of coughing, hacking and spitting, causing me to miss the line almost entirely, and in the end I ended up swallowing the danged thing anyway!
I don't know if it was because the band has been off for a few weeks, or if it was because we were dealing with Bridezilla tonight and our song list was so heavily restricted it made it difficult to keep any momentum on the dance floor because of it, so the gig felt weird overall, or if this is just one to chalk up as one of those that just didn't come together. In any case, I'm glad its behind me and I can move forward to prep for the next one in two weeks.
If anyone else has some bad gig stories to share that might make me laugh and feel better, feel free to post them.