A couple of months ago William Beckett, a favorite musician of mine, tweeted that he was available to do in-house concerts in December. Well, I thought, I have a house, and additionally, my daughter, who is also a fan of his music, has a birthday coming up. So I inquired to see if he might be available the weekend before her birthday, and he was. So: In-house concert featuring William Beckett.
This was the first time we had ever done an in-house appearance, and I was curious to see how it would go. The answer: Really, really well. One, William did an excellent set, interspersing songs and banter in a highly entertaining way, so from a pure entertainment point of view it was a hit. Two, he’s also just a lovely person who was friendly and personable to all the guests, and happily signed CDs and took pictures and did all the things to make sure folks who came to the house left feeling they had taken part in something special.
(As an aside, as a person who does public events and has interaction with fans, it’s always interesting to see how others in the same situation manage the task — it’s often (indeed is usually) fun, but it can be draining as well, and sometimes a bad day or the wrong person can really challenge one’s skill at being “on” and charming. I think the crowd at my house was a pretty easy crowd in that regard, but be that as it may I admired William’s facility with this particular skill. I was taking notes.)
In short, I couldn’t have been happier with the experience — and neither could have my daughter, which, as it was her birthday concert, was really the important thing. So consider this an endorsement of the William Beckett in-home experience: If you get a chance to host him (or see him) in this sort of setting, definitely do it.
This also encourages me to try this again with other musicians — it’s a neat way to see them do their thing, and also, you don’t even have to leave the house to do it. I can get behind that.