Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On The Radio, In The Box Office, Friendly Guitar

On Saturday afternoon, I brought my newly-repaired and fixed-up red acoustic guitar down to the Northampton Box Office.  I was going to be performing a song on air (WRSI The River) and doing a little interview about our show that night.  Also scheduled to appear at the box office that day were Erin McKeown, Bell X1, Jill Sobule, and Fountains of Wayne.

When I arrived, I found Joan Holliday and Scott Howard from the radio station setting things up and Joan asked me if I minded going first.  Of course not. So, five minutes later, there I was on the little stage with windows behind me looking out onto the bustling Main Street.  The small box office was packed full with people who had come out to watch.

I talked to Joan briefly and then played Back To School.  It's a tricky performance.  Do you play to the room or do you play to the radio?  You really have no idea how it sounds in radio land.  There's a microphone in front of your face and one kind of down by your guitar.  Ok, go.

It was a good thing I had my guitar fixed and cleaned-up because both Erin McKeown and Jill Sobule needed to borrow it for their performances.  There's a picture there of Jill playing it.

Also, The Fountains needed to borrow my capo.  Sheesh, good thing I was there.

Anyway, WRSI.com has each person's section as an audio file.  So if you want to you you can go over here and listen.

1 comment:

antwes said...

Henning, in addition to being such a great songwriter and musician and all, you've always been like a Dad to all these musician types around you, whether it's your bandmates, folks in the Northampton music scene and apparently now with semi-famous professional types. Wear the Dad badge proudly and rock on...