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Another Spring Jam is in the books, and I think it was the best one yet. I should probably write that behind the paywall, but I’d like everyone to know.
Regular readers will know that in October 2020 I launched the TJC Halloween Spooktacular (I’d done a “Spooktacular” at a coffee shop in 2019, but that was a very different event), a Halloween concert on my front porch. That first front porch Spooktacular featured two opening bands, followed by a couple of sets from my friend John and myself. It was a rousing success, but in retrospect, it was too long (three hours!) and needed some streamlining.
Of course, in The Age of The Virus, everyone was starving for live entertainment and social interaction after being cooped up inside with Netflix and takeout for (by that point) seven months, so I could get way with a bloated bill. It was a success, and most folks stuck around until we wrapped up sometime after 9 PM.
While I don’t think I’ve ever repeated the success of the first Spooktacular in terms of attendance and cashflow, I do think I’ve improved the formula somewhat.
The biggest change came when I made the Spooktacular and the spin-off Spring Jam into a recital for my private music students. Following the doldrums of Summer 2020, when I had just one piano student every week, my private lessons empire ballooned to around twenty lessons or so each week (occasionally fewer, often more). That has been a major financial and musical blessing, but it also means I have enough students to put on a pretty good recital, even if some students can’t attend.
With this latest Spring Jam, I think I have gotten it down to more of a science—but a fun science, like playing with magnets in the seventh grade. There’s still the fun, relaxed, DYI-spirit of the event, but everything seems to be running more smoothly.
Like playing an instrument, practice makes perfect.
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