The Show That Changed Everything: Lindsay Brazell

  • By cvbizz
  • May 3, 2020
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Lindsay, a high school choral director by day, and a singer-songwriter by night. Visit her website to hear her work.

Since moving back to the upstate in 2018, I have been playing solo shows at various local venues. I never liked playing by myself because I thought people felt solo acoustic acts were boring, but then when I saw that it was a fairly popular genre here, I took a stab at it.

Last year, I played my first solo show at the Growler Haus in the West Village, and it was the first time that none of my friends or family were able to come to a gig. It was a truly solo act, and I felt really awkward and I dreaded the whole evening of what would be 3 hours of me, myself, and strangers.

I played a few sets that were going fairly well, and each time I took a break, someone came up to talk to me. At first, I thought nothing of it, until it became a recurring event when I stopped playing. Some were fellow teachers (after I told a story about my students), some asking about lessons, but some just wanted to talk about the songs I had just played and the artists they loved. I ended up staying a while after I packed up just to finish conversations with my new stranger friends. I realized then that meeting people and connecting with them was of equal importance and enjoyment as sharing my music. That’s what music really is, isn’t it? After that show, I completely changed the way I interacted with audiences and it is a continuous gift. That’s why solo acoustic acts are such a hit. Sometimes our sets feel like we are sitting in our friends living rooms hearing our favorite songs.

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