The morning after (for me) and oh what a night. Thanks again to Justin for this opportunity. Every opportunity to do something new is a blessing and helps make learning to play and perform through JustinGuitar and the Forum a hard to match option (maybe there are other similar options, but not that I know of, or care to discover).
Nerves, I felt more relaxed this time round compared to the Forum OM on Zoom. Being blessed to have had a couple of sessions with Justin, I’ve overcome any additional awe-factor that may induce extra anxiety. Also the stream not being live to the world meant I felt comfortable, performing in front of my most supportive and understanding fellow Forum Friends.
Thanks again to all those Forum Friends who give up time to watch and participate in this event. It makes the experience so much richer to have an audience to try and connect with, to try and deliver an entertaining performance that is as enjoyable as possible, and the immediate encouraging feedback and comments are so appreciated.
And have to say again, I repeat myself so much, when I started the BC I never imagined being able to join such an event, to play and sing live. I have a long way to go before I’d consider myself in anyway an accomplished performer, able to present myself to say a coffee shop owner and be the afternoon’s entertainment, be it for free drinks or hard cash. But every step is a step forwards and I don’t stress about if and when I might rich that level, or whether or not I might ever look to be such an entertainer.
And on to the entertainment, three cheers to all who performed last night. What a night it was thinking back this morning:
Jason, rocking out with the Trio+ a one man power trio
Mari, a great song with wonderfully executed embellishments and solo runs
Keith, a beautiful song that expressed the emotional power of a solo acoustic guitar and the video production
Clint, jamming … jamming till the jam is through You are da improv man
Toby, rocking the resurrected Cherry, such sweet tones
Adrian, singing and picking, switching to strumming, smooth and sweet
Ivan, from strummer, to finger-picker, to percussive finger-style, showing the versatility of the acoustic
Brian, the showman, the dramatic performer, simply incomprable
And it is a testament to the quality of the performers, that I can remember and run through each one again without going back to check the running order. You were all fabulous.
Another moment to cherish, to help build confidence ahead of the next moment, the next Forum OM happening May 15th Rock on 8)