Me not wearing shorts at The Loft in Old Basing
I’ve been gigging hither and yon these hot summer weeks. To wear shorts or not; that is the question. Mostly I think not. The audience doesn’t deserve the sight of my pale and unsightly knees unless health and safety are threatened so I avoid over casual dress unless the temperature is insanely high. It’s not a generally applicable rule. Yesterday at the Godalming Food Festival I followed a young singer called Emilee Lucia who took to the stage wearing nothing but a T shirt and a micro skirt and the audience didn’t seem to mind a bit. I have to say there wasn’t much of an audience to mind one way or the other which is a bit of a shame. While we played good music under a perfect blue sky the whole population of Godalming was crammed into sweaty pubs watching the England football team qualify for the World Cup semi finals. I try to avoid football if I can but the crowd from the Red Lion were only a couple of hundred yards away were clearly audible at the match stress points so I got the gist of it. Ed and Harry, the two guys that followed me on stage were more dedicated. They had the live stream playing on an iPhone during their set so they wouldn’t miss anything. I felt for the organisers. Running an outdoor event in the English summer is a huge gamble and, for once, the weather Gods smiled, the sun shone on a beautiful, warm Saturday afternoon but punters were there none. Defeated by the sporting sub-clause of Sod’s Law.
It’s not very Rock and Roll but I did some serious admin last week. PRS for Music (the Performing Rights Society) is a collection agency for monies due to songwriters when their songs are performed. All my songs are registered with them so that, should any of them get played on radio or television anywhere in the word, the royalties would eventually trickle down to me. Of course it hasn’t actually happened this century but it’s still a theoretical possibility so I might as well set myself up to take advantage of it. The thing I’ve never done is report my live gigs. I play around seventy five gigs a year and I always play my own songs so all you have to do is report the gig and tell them your set list and, again theoretically, some cash will find its way to me. So I sat in my studio for a whole day typing in venues, gig dates and set lists backdated for the past year. I have no idea how much this might generate but worth a punt I’d say. I’ll let you know what happens.
In a similar vein, PRS also grant funding to their members for worthy projects so I sent them a proposal for such a grant from the Writer/Producer Fund to help record my next batch of future hits. I am nothing if not optimistic.