It was also, and maybe more so, a chance for me to experience how it is to give a solo performance. I've suffered from stage-anxieties for a long while, but if I'm hoping to tour and sing around Europe, I have to get over this. Singing at the school for a group of friends seemed like the least painful way of getting this experience.
And I'm happy to say that it went well. I didn't have the jitters, and I felt at ease throughout the whole thing. The big test to see if it's truly cured my fears still has to come though - singing in front of strangers. I plan to be putting myself to this test coming Thursday. There's a Mezrab evening at a cultural-squat which I went to about 6 months ago. I didn't get up then, but this time I'm feeling ready and enthusiastic. And this is a new feeling for me . . .
At the vanDet, I had an audience of around 20. Doesn't seem that big a deal, but believe me it is . . . it's a step further for me in my development and towards my dreams. Below is a photo of the evening - the ambiance is lost in the photo, but it was a lot better live. I suppose you had to be there.