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T minus 2 days and counting until my show

Greetings, readers. I can’t believe that by this time on Friday I will be performing my next show. I like to give performances for the folks at my apartment building every six to eight months. They seem to enjoy it and I love it. Besides writing, it is a great form of creativity. Over the years I’ve gotten much better with my showmanship and have actually become much less shy.

Friday’s show is a 70s and 80s show. Playlist performers I will sing include Billy Joel, the Jackson 5, Eddie Rabbitt, and many others. And as has happened in the past, I have learned the words to the songs; some of which turned out to be different thanĀ I what I have been singing all these years. It is going to be an enjoyable time, but with my mild health issues, I am going to have to keep track of how I’m feeling. During performances I have gotten fatigued and a little lightheaded; I’m going to need to get some Gatorade or something of the like when I purchase some snacks for my guests.

I am expecting some friends who are on my Facebook friends list. That has never happened before but I have two very definite maybes. We will have to see.

On a side note, as far as this work week goes, Rebecca, Darren and I went to a writer’s group last night, which will free up Thursday afternoon for me for my last big day of rehearsing. The only thing I worry about is straining my voice. Obviously, I want to sound good on show day. But even at this late stage, there are a couple of songs that need work.

There will not be a blog entry on Friday. So look for us again next Wednesday. Take care, wish me luck, have a great weekend, and happy reading.

From Rebecca: Joe the Mimic put on another performance of KISS songs

Last Friday, December 20, 2013, Joe gave us another performance of air guitar, air drums, lip-syncing, and singing KISS songs in the community room of Addison Court. He did a great job. We remembered to use Gatorade this time, so he did not get dehydrated like the last concert. Joe was once again his persona, the Mimic. Like last time, Joe arranged with a stylist to have his Mimic face make-up and black fingernail polish put on before the 1:00 pm concert, but this time the stylist couldn’t do it. Joe went up there without make-up – The Mimic Unmasked – like the KISS band in the 80s!

Each table had copies of the playlist. Joe greeted the crowd and pointed out that several of the songs in his line-up were new, songs he had not yet done in any concert. This included his first two songs, “Creatures of the Night” and “King of the Night Time World.” He moved from playing one musician to another, literally moving in the performance space, from left stage for one guitarist to right stage for another, to center stage for the lead singer, to sitting down back stage for the drummer. He would move from one position to another within each song, which kept the audience engaged. Some of the other songs on the playlist were “All American Man”, “I Stole Your Love”, “Firehouse”, “The Oath”, “Move On”, and “Shandi.” His final two songs were “Rock ‘N Roll All Nite” and “Black Diamond.”

During the intermission, a friend of Joe’s performed. Terry started at the piano, singing Christmas carols and taking requests. The audience was encouraged to join in to sing the familiar classics, especially “Silent Night, Holy Night.” Then Terry read one of the poems he has written, titled “The Christmas Star”, about the night Jesus Christ was born. It was touching and inspirational.

Then Joe was back for the second half of the show. Sometimes singing, sometimes lip-syncing, sometimes lead vocal, sometimes back-up vocals, arms always moving with air guitar or air drums, he put so much energy into each song. He filled the room with rock and roll.

Joe had photographs taken of the show and we wanted to have some photos in this blog entry. But, Greg Brown shot over a thousand photographs and downloaded them on Joe’s flash drive. We tried to go through them today, but that is a lot of photos and we ran out of time. We will have some photos up in the gallery soon, probably next week. We picked out a number to choose from already, but have a lot more to go.

Joe told me he didn’t do a good job on a few songs, which bothers him, but he sounded great to me. Rock on, Joe!

One week to go until show day

Greetings, readers. I will be doing what is turning out to be my semi-annual show for the residents of my apartment building, a week from today, at 1 p.m. So far rehearsing has gotten off to a very slow start, with not as much progress as I would like. Luckily, all the songs I am doing are from my favorite band, so I should be okay.

Yes, at 1 p.m. next Friday, the 20th, Joe, AKA the Mimic, will perform 21 KISS songs in a show that should last just over 2 hours with a break. Two friends of mine are going to provide what I call half-time entertainment, by singing Christmas carols while I rest and drink Gatorade. I have come to enjoy these shows much more than I ever thought that I would. I am generally a shy person, but under the right circumstances it seems I can be drawn out of my shell. This all started at a friend’s party with a DJ where I sang up to 20 songs Karaoke-style. I learned that these nice folks here at the apartment building like to be entertained and don’t really care if I don’t sing like Frank Sinatra. The motto is just do the best you can.

Since I have been fighting a head cold/sinus infection the last few weeks, my energy has been drained. I should be much more prepared than I am, but we shall see how it goes. I would hate to cancel it at this late stage, but I must be able to breath properly when exerting myself like this.

A slight notation about the weather here in Central PA. It has gotten colder in the last few days and we have had a number of snow storms varying in intensity. Another one is scheduled for tomorrow into Sunday morning. I shall keep my fingers crossed that Thursday night into Friday the weather holds up. I’m hoping to have folks come from out of town to see the show. But of course I would not want them to have to traverse in bad weather.

As for next week, we will have a blog entry of some kind up on Wednesday as usual. From there we will see. It will be a workday Thursday and then show day next Friday. So please readers, wish me luck, keep your fingers crossed. Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe, and happy reading.