Not that I’m all that surprised, but I have to say I had a great time at today’s Lunchtime Live! performance. I must admit, however, it seemed strange to zip out of the office at 11:30 a.m., set-up and play guitar in the park for an hour or so, run home for a quick clean-up (it was hot out there today) and then shoot back to the office for an typical afternoon in the life of an Evening Sun reporter, spent writing this blog.
I guess I’m just not used to mixing my two professional personalities – musician and journalist. Which isn’t all that strange when I think about it, as it’s fairly rare that one intrudes on the other. I will say this, though, it was tougher than I’d anticipated to “switch hats,” so to speak. Simply put, it took me a song or two this afternoon to get the voice and guitar in sync. And once I’d made my way back to the office, an half-an-hour or so to flex those writing muscles back into shape. What can I say? The musician in me probably isn’t all that great a journalist and vice versa. Not that I’m suffering from any sort of multiple personality syndrome or anything (let’s hope not, at least).
That’s not to say my fledgling journalism career has in no way effected my musical pursuits. In fact, it’s had an tremendously positive impact. Something about the responsibility involved with a full-time, professional occupation seems to have made its way into my guitar playing along the way, which is a good thing, I think. And it’s obvious to me – especially this time of year with Blues Fest right around the corner – that any stories I happen to write which focus on music definitely benefit from my 20 years playing the guitar. So I guess it’s possible the two are more closely related than I originally thought.
Regardless, today ended up being a lot of fun. Granted, any time I get a chance to perform it’s typically a good time. It was also nice to see my fellow Evening Sun office-mates come over to cheer me on. Thanks, guys and gals, I hope you enjoyed it!
And for those of you who didn’t make it down to today’s little performance, it’s cool. Next week, Joe Lombardi will “take to the stage” from noon to 1 p.m. in West Park. If nothing else, it’s a great opportunity to get some sunshine, enjoy some lunch and support local live music. A big thanks to Pegi and the BID for having me this year, I had a blast.