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I awoke on Thursday last week convinced I was POORLY. I had a high heart rate and strange gurglings in my stomach, was oddly dizzy and surrounded by a general fog of PANIC. It took me quite a while to realise that this was not The Lurgy, but THE NERVES!

For LO! it was the day of my ALBUM LAUNCH GIG and I was full of trepidation, not least because it was my first full-length solo gig since CHRISTMAS. I had been practicing all week (PROFESSIONLISM) but I'd not sung more than 7 or 8 songs in a row so didn't know if my VOICE would get all the way through or whether I'd actually remember all the words. I was organising the gig too, so had spent several days OSCILLATING between panicking about NOBODY coming and EVERYBODY coming so there wouldn't be room.

On the way there I kept saying "It's at The King & Queen, it will be FINE" and LO! it very much WAS. Myself and The Songs On My Set arrived in VERY good time and were soon joined by a whole COMPENDIUM of lovely people, parading in one by one like some wonderful carnival of People I Really Like.

I had sourced the ever marvellous Pete Green to be the other act, and they were EXCELLENT as usual, notably the POEMS which I really enjoyed. You can enjoy some of them YOURSELF with their new book what is AVAILABLE NOW - who knew Poems could be enjoyable? PETE, clearly!

Then it was ME and I did THIS:

  • The Peterborough All-Saints Wide Game Team (group B)
  • I Think I Did OK
  • Agile
  • It's Hard To Be Hopeful
  • 20 Things To Do Before You're 30
  • Clubbing In The Week
  • Bad Back
  • Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?
  • Hey Hey 16K
  • It Only Works Because You're here
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • We Did It Anyway

  • Boom Shake The Room

  • I REALLY enjoyed it! Miraculously, I hardly made any mistakes at all, and once I got USED to that unusual state of affairs I was able to entirely relax into the process. A major contributory factor to this is probably the FACT that I substituted ALCOHOL FREE beer for a couple of the pre-gig pints, which meant a) my BRANE was a bit more clear b) I didn't feel like I was missing out on PINTS and c) I wasn't BURPING all the way through like I used to when I employed COLA for this purpose.

    The big surprise for me was how well Bad Back went down, which was not expected but very gratefully received. It was also a relief that people GOT Agile, as I realised while playing it that if you'd never experienced that particular methodology it would be completely meaningless! Most of all though I enjoyed being in that particular room again in that particular pub, being able to stand up and basically have an extended YACK with so many of my favourite people.

    It was a bloody lovely night, gigs are GRATE!

    posted 17/10/2022 by MJ Hibbett

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    Is it called The King & Queen or King & Queen???
    posted 17/10/2022 by Tim

    posted 17/10/2022 by MJ Hibbett

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