Call times tonight:
8:30 pm – Saguijo
10:30 pm – 6 Underground
12:00 pm – Gweilos Eastwood
Gasolina was playing like they owned the place. Everyone seemed to enjoy the show although I still thought their levels were just a tad bit too much for everyone’s ears that night. We were up next so I slipped away from where I was sitting and picked my way through the crowd to the bar and ordered tap water and some salt. The nightly shows had taken their toll on my voice and I needed to sooth my throat. Because I had been in such a hurry earlier that night, I had left my pei pa koa candies which should have been the perfect remedy. For now, I had to improvise.
Taking long but small sips of salinized water, I discovered, works wonders for tired vocal chords. Of course, it helps you retain water and keeps hangovers in check too, but tonight, I wasn’t drinking much if at all. We still had another show after this so I had to stay sober.
This was our first time to play at 6Underground and that much I said so, on my opening spiel. The place was almost full. It was packed at the bar and most of the tables were occupied with quite a few unoccupied ones closest to the stage where, I surmised, the people avoided for the ear torture. Fair enough. We did make sure though that we kept our levels only as loud as we really needed to be. Not a decibel more.
There’s a line that goes, if it’s too loud, you’re too old. But to me it ain’t the age. It’s the wisdom that comes with it, as against the brash stupidity of youth. No music is worth damaging your ears for. Besides, how can you appreciate any music if everything sounds muddy and too painful. So we consciously kept to comfortable levels. Good music should be enjoyed, not suffered.
That must have helped. Plus the audience’s good vibes. Whatever mix of factors and star alignments contributed, that show was one of our best. Too bad we had to leave immediately afterwards. We still had one last show to do before we could call it a night.
Posted at 04:49 pm by bisoy