Ok, so a bit of a surprise

I might be playing a show. YEP. Total surprise to me too, seeing as my forearms/wrists ain’t fixed yet. But such is life, sometimes.

By “might”, I mean “Am”.

 

Opening for the the FANTASTIC David Lareau and the Copperpots at the Orlando Brewing.

 

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David Lareau was in a CRIMINALLY underrated band called “Mile” on Columbia Records back in the early 00’s.

He also happens to be a DAMN GOOD songwriter, BAD ASS guitar player, and one hell of a nice guy 🙂

 

 

Anyway, I’m excited. I don’t know how good my set will be, seeing as I haven’t really been able to practice or play for a YEAR (yeah….almost a year) now, but, fuck it.

 

You either do, or do not.

 

and at this point in time. I do.

 

Someplace’s own,

HH

this blog entry shall be titled “50x Platinum”

As EVERY good story begins, “So I played this gig, right…”

Well, I played this gig a week or so back, with these real deal songwriters.

It was put on by a professor at Full Sail University down here in Orlando. A songwriter in the round type gig where you tell stories, talk about your songs and then take turns playing them. an “Austin City Limits” type thing and HOLY SMACKERS was I nervous. There were only 3 of us on stage. A lady, with about 30 years of songwriting and performing experience, and guy, with about 30 years of songwriting, producing, and performing experience, AND myself. With my fat 5 years of learning to play the guitar….

“One of these things is not like the other”

So the guy, he’s kind of a big shot, seeing as he was Justin Timberlakes producer. You know all those hits for N’sync and The Backstreet Boys?

Me and Veit Renn

Me and Veit Renn

Yeah, he wrote AND produced them. Plus a ton for other famous performers as well. He’s 50x Platinum as a songwriter/ producer. (mailbox money millionaire, as we call them) and YOU COULD TELL. This guy was on some NEXT LEVEL SHIT. and MAN, O , MAN, was it incredible to be up there watching him do his thing. Crazy good with his guitar (he was a damn PIANO PLAYER 0_0, to make it worse) Voice all trained up and on key, and songs that were OUT OF THIS WORLD.

I told all my friends, “It’s sort of like getting in the ring w/ Muhammad Ali. You know how the fights gonna turn out, you just gotta do your best not to embarrass yourself.”

Now, Mind you, I HAD practiced. A TON. but I knew what was coming, and it did not disappoint. Both he, and the lady were ON POINT, so I just did all I could to hold my own. There was NOOOOO winning that fight. That’s for DAMN SURE!

It sure doesn't look like much, but this little pad was host to some next level shit!

It sure doesn’t look like much, but this little pad was host to some next level shit!

But, I tell you what. It was an incredible experience, and I’m glad I had the sack to get up there and do it!

MUCH was learned, and I even went out and bought a new guitar afterwards to try and keep up! (My poor old Guild couldn’t hang 😦

The only way to get better, is to continue having to up your game. and I was up there with the best!

Special thanks to my good friend/ producer/ engineer/ music guru Joe for getting me the gig and for coming out to make sure it went well!

and to David Lareau and the Copperpots for the T-shirt, and for kicking ass!

and to YOU, for taking the time to read this crap, and for caring enough to do so!

Keep at the dream! Never give up! Never surrender! 🙂

Someplace’s own,

HH

Vercingetorix at the Hideaway

So I decided to go out and play an open mic with a friend of mine. We’ve been working on a few songs for some weeks and i thought maybe we should road test em.

We went out to St. Pete. Which has always been my home scene (even though I live about an hour away) and there’s a great little listening venue there called the Hideaway Cafe. The very first time I ever played in my life, When I mustered the courage, finally, to try my songs out live, I drove to an open mic at a little hole in the wall bar there. Way out to the burg. I have yet to regret it.

This is a new song, called “Vercingetorix”. I don’t have a great gauge on which of my songs are good, so I let Alexis make the call on this one.

It’s NOT on the record (maybe I shouldn’t be playing it yet haha) But it seems to resonate well, so why not, right?

Anyway, It went pretty well, and here’s some videographic proof should you need more convincing. or you know, just want to hear it.

Thank you for your time,

HH