We came prepared, over prepared perhaps. We were supposed to play 3 sets, 4 songs each. We came to the venue without the organizers in sight. It turns out the event was a contest, NOT an invitational gig. If they had told us early on, we wouldn't have wasted our time practicing more than one song. Besides, I didn't want to play for money. I play for art's sake NOT for money! Despite of it all, I was still patient.
The night before, I requested for a guitar amplifier from the organizers. During night of the performance, they did not bring what I requested. Consequently, I was forced to settle plugging my guitar to an old stereo. The sound of my guitar was horrendous, but the show must go on. We had to make the best of what we had. We couldn't afford a lot of dead air.
During the middle of the performance up to the end of the song, the sound system guys for some reason gained the echo and volume of our microphones to the MAX causing tremendous echoes and feedback. They ruined the song! Waaaaaaaaaaaa....... Grrr... Patience. Patience still.
They offered to let us play the song again.
We kindly declined. We had enough for the night...
|Practicing at the Guidance Office|
|Waiting for our turn.|
|Anxious but ready.|
|"I fall asleep at night and often see you here in my dreams, holding me. But when I wake up and I realize that you're not here with me, it hurts so much I gotta have you back , baby....." "It's a sunny day, but you're not around.."|
|Huli ka manong! Sinabotage mo gig namin! Hehehe Pero don't worry, friends parin tayo.|
It was not our night. Lesson learned: Murphy's Law, Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
It is always handy to have a contingency plan. So much for our imperfect gig.