With every gig we have to prove ourselves better than the night before.
The more you write tunes, the better they will become. The more you do gigs, the better you will become.
I feel like my music is just an extension of my acting. I treat the songs like scenes that tell a story... it's very similar.
A lot of people don't think they can count on me, but I've never missed a gig in my life.
Music is a gut thing. You're working in a medium which is more in touch with the primal than the modern. A gig is a ritual. There's a congregation.
It's very difficult to learn not to take nasty heckles personally.
Every time I listen back to solos of mine I'll hear something I like and then another phrase that I can't stand. You have to live with what you play. And the recording medium puts that on us. When I play live gigs I don't think so much like that.
I dare not drink before a gig because I'll get tired and blow it. So I have to sit drinking tea in a caravan.
My nerves before a gig got worse; I had terrible bad nerves all the time. Once we started... I was fine.
I've had a few gigs where things have got out of hand and there has been a huge crush with my fans. They are important and I don't want them being hurt. They are a mad crowd.
Now I'm fortunate to have a good band in CA, and play many solo gigs as well. My point is that I stopped playing in bands and played solo for four years, to get back into the groove and pulse of writing and singing and who I am on stage.
I think after 1970 or so, after I sold Soul City, I took off for awhile and didn't do too many gigs.
I ended up an actor, did my first professional union gig in 1974, and I've been doing it ever since.
I'm most in my element on tour, with a gig that day, like today. I'm on the road where I am supposed to be. I will be where I'm supposed to be at nighttime, on stage, in front of people, doing my thing.
I knew going in that being a single parent would be one of the toughest jobs I'd ever have. I'd been a talk-show host, actor, comic, and on and on, but this gig was going to be my defining moment.
I don't really care about clothes, but it's about wearing something that gives you social confidence.
I've never missed a gig yet. Music makes people happy, and that's why I go on doing it - I like to see everybody smile.
The best practice you can get is on the bandstand, but in between gigs I feel I have to stay in shape.
I hate complacency. I play every gig as if it could be my last, then I enjoy it more than ever.
When I was younger and did a stand-up gig, it would take me two weeks to recover. Sometimes I'd get so panicked that I would stutter.
I mean, look, I wear makeup in films. I don't wear makeup in real life. It's just part of the gig, that's all.
I can't imagine doing an hour-long dramatic series because it's so much work. A sitcom is a wonderful gig. You work from 10 to 4 every day, it's fun, and you get to live at home.
I entered the work force cleaning breast pumps at a pharmacy! It was a part-time gig while I was at school... no interview required.
Well, I got pretty good and went on the road with a group. We starved. At that time I didn't realize that you'd work one gig in Kansas City, the next in Florida and the next gig will be in Louisville. You know, a thousand miles a night. That was really rough, man.
In college I had a weekend gig at a restaurant, a solo thing that was the best practice I could have ever had. That's where I learned to coordinate my singing and my piano playing.
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