New York post show thoughts

My first New York show reminded me of a picture I took last winter.  I had wanted to photograph the snowy trees outside my window, but I captured the window screen instead. I was reminded that what I focus on is what I see.  My New York experience felt a lot like that.  

The venue had two performance spaces, and it was loud!  Imagine two kinds of music that you don’t like, played at top volume, at the same time. It was that kind of loud! 
 
During our show, there was incessant noise coming from the room below us. It was disappointing and impossible to ignore, but I came to see it as an opportunity. It allowed me to see that I am solid enough in my performance skills to play through distractions.  The folks at our show were attentive, warm and engaged, and their faces acted like the screen in that snowy picture. 
 
I watched artist Jane Kunzman draw sketch after sketch throughout the show, rarely looking at her paper.  She was listening to us, hearing the music from downstairs, and drawing!  She inspired my focus.  She also gave me two of her pictures!
 
There were other gifts in the day as well: I heard fabulous songs by other writers, including wonderful brand new ones from Emily Duff.  I strengthened my New York mailing list, met my dear cyber friend Christina Gaudet, and made friends with a dog by sharing my carrots. Two friends accompanied me, and they made the coming and going far more enjoyable.
 
I left the city happy to have come, happy to have played, happy to have met new people, and proud of myself for showing up.  I am glad to be home again, and I look forward to the next time… 


(sketches by Jane Kunzman)

4 comments

  • Bryan Abes

    Bryan Abes Kennett sq. PA

    I'm proud of you as well for going to NYC. That was obviously a big step for you. Every new step you take in your career is a big one. It seems like your adventure was very fruitful based on what I read of it. I also saw some amazing pictures on your Facebook page. I loved the one of Lora snuggled under a blanket, the big strawberry bush over what looked like a chuppah, and the colorful mountain range. May your next appearance in NYC be just as great as the first. -Bryan

    I'm proud of you as well for going to NYC. That was obviously a big step for you. Every new step you take in your career is a big one. It seems like your adventure was very fruitful based on what I read of it. I also saw some amazing pictures on your Facebook page. I loved the one of Lora snuggled under a blanket, the big strawberry bush over what looked like a chuppah, and the colorful mountain range. May your next appearance in NYC be just as great as the first.
    -Bryan

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Thanks Bryan. I appreciate your support, and your interest in my journey. Now, I have to go figure out what you mean by the strawberry bush picture. Thanks again...

    Thanks Bryan. I appreciate your support, and your interest in my journey. Now, I have to go figure out what you mean by the strawberry bush picture. Thanks again...

  • harry david

    harry david maine

    i'm so proud. you did it. another hurdle crossed. you have a singer songwriter career going. wuuuuuuuuu! sad to hear about the distractions. sounds like you got thru that though. that's what i remember about NY. distractions everywhere. noise. loud. busy. crowded. crazy making, etc. And you survived it all. i want to hear all about the show. what songs. how long you got to play. audience. club vibe. what street is it on... i hope you are able to put your concert video on your website so i can see it. (i dont do Facebook, sorry) Way To Go D!!!!

    i'm so proud. you did it. another hurdle crossed. you have a singer songwriter career going. wuuuuuuuuu! sad to hear about the distractions. sounds like you got thru that though. that's what i remember about NY. distractions everywhere. noise. loud. busy. crowded. crazy making, etc. And you survived it all. i want to hear all about the show. what songs. how long you got to play. audience. club vibe. what street is it on... i hope you are able to put your concert video on your website so i can see it. (i dont do Facebook, sorry) Way To Go D!!!!

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Thanks Harry! The show was two hours, with four songwriters (including me) in the round. Let's chat soon, and I will tell you all about it. Thanks for cheering me on. It is appreciated...

    Thanks Harry! The show was two hours, with four songwriters (including me) in the round. Let's chat soon, and I will tell you all about it. Thanks for cheering me on. It is appreciated...

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