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Playing the Cavern Club

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In 2004, I recorded and released my first CD, Instant Pleasure. Shortly thereafter, I got a call from David Bash, the organizer of the International Pop Overthrow Music Festival (IPO), who asked me if I wanted to play at the festival. When he told me that the festival was scheduled to occur at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, the place where The Beatles first played, I became very excited to say the least!

The day before my appearance, I flew into John Lennon Airport in Liverpool. The flight was horrible with driving rain and thick clouds, which made the plane swing up and down like a yo-yo. Despite this unpleasant trip, found amusement on the plane in the form of a group of Liverpudlian women who yelled "Whoa" everytime the plan went crazy.

The night before my performance, I went to the Cavern Club to hear some of the other bands from the festival play. There was a terrific band called The Afternoons from Cardiff, Wales, who performed straight-ahead pop music, which I dug.

Watching the bands, who played very well, made me somewhat uptight. I began wondering, "What am I doing here? I don't want to look like a fool playing my album acoustically." That night was a sleepless one and I seriously considered flying home.

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The next morning, I rose early and caught a sightseeing bus tour of where each of The Beatles grew up. Although it was raining pretty steadily, I loved the raindrops drizzling on my head and had great moments of elation, contemplation and relaxation simply "feeling" the city of Liverpool.

The tour guide on the "Magical Mystery Tour" was a 60-something man named Eddie who knew The Beatles growing up. He agreed to let me film the tour and ask him some private questions. I titled my movie Magical Mystery Tourist. You can view it here.

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Before I went to the Cavern that night, I practiced in front of my hotel mirror, but when I got up to do my set in front of the audience, my acoustic guitar wasn't mic'ing well, so I had to borrow one from another guitarist, which is like a baseball player borrowing a 34-ounce bat when he's used to swinging a 29-ouncer. Nevertheless, the set was great and I know that when I look back on this experience many years from now, it will give me a good feeling to say "I did that!"

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