I’m a writer, musician, now a producer and currently in my comfort zone.
Today, I’m a performer again. All sorts of thoughts race through my head...Can I do this? It’s been too long. What if this isn’t what they expected? Is this really who I am?
When Cumbernauld FM Radio Presenter Ryan Corr asked me to come and play my tracks on the show, I felt the excitement and anticipation in me rise and then the fear too. But one thing I am not is a coward...as a wise woman once said, “feel the fear and do it anyway”!
The day of the show, I arrived at the station with my black Tanglewood acoustic guitar in toe, my favourite woolly hat on, crowning me like a little security blanket. Ryan was very welcoming and hospitable, introducing me to his other guest on the show, Ryan Bowes aka That Bowzy Guy, making me a cuppa, chatting to us about the format of the show and generally putting us at ease. I had a feeling from the pre-show banter that the three of us were going to get on like a house on fire and make this a fun, entertaining show for everyone (probably for ourselves most of all!)
Ryan’s Music Experience show on Cumbernauld FM has the tagline, 'Your Music, Your Experience’ as he takes song requests from listeners and fans of the show during the week to play on his Saturday morning show. However, the twist is that listeners also provide Ryan with their experience of the song, i.e. when they first heard it, how it makes them feel etc.
As I was appearing on the show, Ryan had already asked me for my song choice and my experience. I gave this a lot of thought the week before the show and finally decided on ‘Like a Drug’ by one of my favourite bands, Queens of the Stone Age. Please check out Ryan's show on Mixcloud to hear my song request as well as my experience of that song!
Anyway, I very much enjoyed this unique feature of Ryan’s show as it gave me an opportunity to open up, not just as an artist but share a part of who I am and my experience of one of my favourite songs. All before I even got down to playing my own music! This really relaxed me and made the whole experience of appearing on the show more personal and sociable for me. I thought this was a cool element for a radio show to have and it certainly makes Ryan’s show stand out so good on ye Ryan!
Next on the show; came my four-song set - ‘Echoes’, ‘This Place’, 'Only Friends' and ‘Last Laugh’. Three of these songs were written on my acoustic guitar but Only Friends was written and recorded on my Les Paul so I wasn’t too sure how the acoustic version was going to go down. But from Ryan & Bowzy’s reaction, it went down pretty well!
Ryan also asked me a little bit about the inspiration behind each track before I played it – so please do tune in to Ryan's show on Mixcloud to hear my acoustic set and our interesting discussion around those tracks.
I had a lot of fun performing these tracks for Cumbernauld FM and its listeners and I couldn’t keep the smile from my face after my set was finished! Big thanks again to Ryan Corr & Cumbernauld FM for having me on the show and for being so friendly and welcoming. This station is really striving to help artists. Ryan, in particular, goes above and beyond to help support and promote artists that he believes in and as an indie artist I think his work ethic and good attitude is both admirable and encouraging for artists like me (especially in the current musical climate). So, do tune in to Ryan Corr's Music Experience Show every Saturday, from 10am - 12pm on Cumbernauld FM.
Back to the show itself! After my set, I got to sit back, relax and hear all about Bowzy and his Youtube channel ‘ThatBowzyGuy’ where he showcases his theatrical flexibility in his very entertaining videos, vlogs, sketches and skits. I’d check these out if I were you, especially if you’re into wrestling and burgers!
In fact, Bowzy filmed a special vlog for today’s show which included yours truly, where I can assure you many laughs were had and inside jokes created (#BogFM) – definitely worth a watch though so check it out here: Bowzy's Vlog ft Erin At Eleven
Admittedly, I was nervous today. It’s been a long time since I’ve performed (and not just recorded) my music for the sheer enjoyment of it. I’d forgotten how much I’d missed it and I realised today performing is and always will be a part of who I am, even if I leave it behind for some years. I’ll always find my way back...