Choosing cover songs and getting paid to give out free stuff.
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Singing in front of people can be scary..
..But there is no reason that you shouldn't. We are all much harder on ourselves than we are on other people. I have a few friends who would never in a million years get up on stage and sing; except when they are intoxicated. And they are awesome! Some of the best times in my life were spent listening to people who think they are not good. It takes a lot of balls to get up in front of other people and make a fool out of yourself. The audience will most likely be identifying with you and thinking that you are bad ass for doing it in the first place!
All you really need to be is into it.
This will help you and your audience have a blast. Choosing a great cover song can't hurt as well. When you have a song that many people know, they can sing along with you, identify with the words and really have a good time. Singing a song that is upbeat and fun will change the whole feel of the night; more so than if you choose a slow love song like something by Brian Adams.
1. Know your audience. Are you in a room full of old hippies? Choose something like White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane. Young kids? Lady Gaga is a crowd-pleaser. Make sure you have a full repertoire so you can fly by the seat of your pants and get a feel for the vibe of the crowd.
2. Know your strengths. Are you cute and peppy? Choose something that can help you highlight that.
3. Take people by surprise.
4. Have fun! Mess up, show that you are human and that you have insecurities! There is nothing wrong with looking like an idiot; we all do it at some point. So embrace it.
What are some great cover songs that you have heard live?
How could giving away free stuff make me money?
I always feel like I need to make more money at shows. I started focusing on that aspect more than my performance. It seems like it takes its toll and start to wear on you; that constant need to be perfect and be famous!
Luckily I had a friend slap me in the face. Figuratively. They mentioned how it wasn't fun anymore and it seemed like it was just a job to me. Ugh! I never wanted that to happen.
So the next gig I did, I didn't sell CD's, I didn't push my merchandise on anyone. I simply put up that free sign with some CD's and put out a hat. I didn't expect much. But lo and behold I gave out all those CD's (read: exposure) and I made over 70 dollars in tips! Holy cow!
I suppose it was my vibe and my outlook. I didn't want to take anything from anyone, I simply wanted to sing and share what I could with them.
It made all the difference in the world.
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Cover Song Examples
- April Holman - White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane Cover) - YouTube
White Rabbit Cover
- April Holman - Cosmic Love (Florence and the Machine Cover) - YouTube
A great cover song to try..