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Last Tuesday was my first ever public performance. It took place during the National Night Out hosted by my church - Trinity Lutheran Church, Menasha, Wisconsin.

I was scheduled to perform between the hours of 4:30 - 8:00 pm, so I set up a schedule to sing three songs each half hour. This amounted to about two hours of singing in all.

To begin with, I sang the album in order, three songs at a time. It's amazing how much work it is to prepare a public performance of your own material! I practiced for weeks to be able to sing my songs without forgetting the words, etc. I also wanted to be sure I could actually have the endurance to sing that long. When the show started, I still wasn't sure how it was going to come off.

And there was also the issue of nerves. You may recall my learning experience in Nashville. In retrospect, I wish I had been able to do the National Night Out first, because it really helped to calm the whole nervousness thing. By the end of the evening I was feeling really comfortable and now I have a much better sense of how I want to be "on stage."

One of the things I was really pleased with was that my voice held up well. I wasn't really tired by the end of the night. When I got home (Liz had a class and couldn't stay the whole evening) I was so happy to greet my wife with a voice that showed no signs of fatigue. And when I woke up the next day, my voice felt fantastic!

So I'm thinking: Man, I can really do this! I can't wait to do it again!

I do wish I had a band, though. Singing to tracks is better than nothing, but I think it would be fun in the extreme to perform with a live group. I pray God will lead me in that area.

BTW, if you want to hear me sing live, feel free to contact me. All I'm asking right now is for a free-will offering and travel expenses. So just drop me a line, and let's see what can be arranged, ok?

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