I’ve been playing music on stage for a long time. And I’ve performed my share of solos and even a few 2-or-3 song sets of just-me-and-the-piano over the years. But I’ve never done a whole 45-minute set with just me and my instrument.

No band to hide behind. No sequence to fill in the bad notes.

That changes this Friday. And I’m a little nervous about it…


You see, just like a lot of us like to edit our pics on Instagram and send out only the great-looking ones — the ones that are cleaned-up, uncluttered, and fancy-schmancy… I’ve grown accustomed to hiding behind all the aforementioned comforts.

It’s easy to stay where we’re comfortable, isn’t it?

And to top it off, I really haven’t done a performance-concert like this — i.e. not a worship event — for I-don’t-even-remember how long. Probably at least seven or eight years! Having five kids has slowed me down a little bit in that regard. In high school, it was commonplace for me to spend three or four hours or more an evening writing music and working on new sequences.

I still play with a band every weekend at church and lead at several events throughout the year, but it’s not the same as performing a concert. I used to spend hours preparing for these things: memorizing lyrics, playing through the songs and trying to make them the best I possibly could.

So… all that to say, I’m really looking forward to this challenge. And I’m thankful for a coffee shop setting where not everyone will be focused directly on me. Some people will be talking, and some part-time watching, and that’s okay. A friend of mine who has performed there before says the atmosphere is really relaxed. That’s what I need.

So I’m gonna sing. And I’ll be all real and raw and exposed. Here. we. go!

Visit the Facebook event here for all the details.

Shawn Michael

Husband, father, musician, pastor, Internet junkie, and Foursquare District NextGen Rep for the Gateway District