It was such a great day. Thousands of people shopping for random crafts and stuff, as well as watching a line of performers on 3 different stages throughout the day. Normally Princes St is one of the quieter stages, but I felt this year we put the other stages on their place. Although it wasn't without its challenges (as I broke a guitar string the 2nd song into my hour set, playing a string down for the remainder of my show), it was a great opportunity for Dunedin to set my big contemporary country sound. Thank goodness for backing tracks fattening out the sounds. Thank you to Rotary for the invite to play, The Hits radio station for MCing the stage, and Strawberry Sound for running the audio.
I look forward to seeing anyone involved in the Roxburgh Cavalcade this Saturday at 2pm. After the huge line of horses and carts cruise into town, I'll play from 2pm for a half hour version of my big sound set. I know you will all appreciate a song and dance with me after what would've been a huge trip.
I'm 3 weeks into gigs with my band Idol Frets, and loving the return. Often playing dance covers for musicians can be soul destroying, but I get a huge sense of reward from seeing all of these full dance floors. In the last few days, I've played a live streamed backstage concert, a pub gig, a festival, 4 weddings (including a Hungarian based wedding, a Australian based wedding, a Kiwi country based wedding, and a Gay wedding). It's exhausting, but so so so much fun.
It's interesting coming into a new frame of mind with songwriting, as this wasn't one of my strengths before CMAA Academy this year. I'm loving every minute of it though. One thing it has done is get my guitar out a lot more. Each evening I've been jamming though ideas and tunes, often with Maree beside me on the couch. She's even picked up her guitar for a jam/sing from time to time, which is a big thing for her. Songwriting isn't only helping my music career develop, it's making my marriage stronger than ever.