Last night I had a gig at The Western Front, Brighton. It was a very quiet night, which is unusual for this particular night, but I often don’t mind these quieter ones as any gig is good practise etc etc…
The crowd that we (me and my bass player/boyfriend, James) were playing to consisted of about 6 people, including the promoter and bar staff. Now some people out there may think that gigs like these aren’t worth the bother and/or feel disappointed or sometimes angry with the lack of audience.
I think I can honestly say that last night was one of the most pleasant and rewarding I’ve had in a while. Gigs like this always get me thinking of the age old motto (and slightly cheesy performers cliche), ‘If I can play my music to an audience and my music touches just one single person in that audience, then it’s all worth while.’
I do think that this is true, albeit definitely not always the way you feel after every gig! However, last night I felt particularly humbled by the fact that a group of 3 gentlemen, who sat quietly at the back of the room and watched the majority of my set intently, left me a £5 note with the barman when they left.
Now, obviously it’s always nice to receive a fiver from anyone but that’s not what made me happy. These 3 guys, who I’d never met before and who I didn’t even get the chance to speak to, wanted to leave me a token of appreciation for what I was doing, and THAT (corny as it sounds) is what has left me feeling bloody brilliant and with the feeling that what I’m doing is worth while! Something that sometimes you can lose quite easily. Very easily in fact.
Just thought it was worth a mention. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the big picture and forget just how much those little gestures matter.
Thank you to my crowd of 6 last night. You were awesome!