Yesterday my Dad and I travelled to Polhawn Fort, just outside of Plymouth for a wedding reception that I had been asked to play at about 6 weeks ago.
I usually suffer from intense anxiety the day of a gig, but this was a bit different. I mean, I was feeling the pressure knowing I had to perform the first song this newly-wed couple would ever dance to, but I was also kind of soaking in the flattery of being asked to do it in the first place.
I've done some really cool things as a solo singer-songwriter and this was definitely up there.
I played 'Songbird' by Fleetwood Mac, they danced, I smiled, the couple smiled, everyone smiled.
It's weird to think I spent so much time worrying about the song being perfect - no fuck-ups and all that, but I didn't think about how loved-up they would be in this moment, and how I'd be such a big part of the happiest day in their lives. I think that made it all so much easier when I started playing as well.
The rest of the set was amazing, drunk bridesmaids cheering at me, trying to have conversations with me while I was singing, (all the while, gazing at the swishing glasses of wine they were about to spill all over my laptop) and older members of the family slow-dancing to Al Green's 'Let's Get It On' - it was really really sweet!
My Dad was there taking pictures, and at one point, someone came up to him and was like 'he's amazing in't he?!'
"I think so, but he doesn't" said Dad.
Shit. Need to do something about those good ol' insecurities of mine...
Anyway... Finished the set with 'Wonderwall' and 'Wherever You Will Go', big cheer and I unplugged. Had a beer and watched the bride and groom perform some songs together which was adorable. The groom could barely keep his eyes open he was so smashed.
Said goodbye and took some beers for the road, and then Dad drove us back home. - Credits to Dad for driving like 10 hours collectively just so I wouldn't have to do the journey alone!
Between naps me and Dad had our classic road trip, semi-existential chats and arrived home.
Great, great, great, great night.