At 55 (years) I am a decent songwriter but a horrible performer in the outskirts of folkish/open stage/ church circles. Now, everybody and his grandmother thinks he is a good songwriter but I'm actually decent. I can get a hole room to laugh or people approach me to tell me how moved they where by this or that song. Not every song but it happens. At least I'm decent enough to motivate my existence in my environment. But I really suck as a performer. Part of that is stage-fright (I can start to shake really bad), part of that is lack of self worth. Anyway now I decided to try to get better at it. If it's possible. If I can't, it's ok but I shall really try. And there's only one way to get better. Thursday was sunny and warm so I hit the street with my guitar. I purposely chose a spot with mild trafic (I wanted some trafic to get a feel for what I'm up against) but in so many ways I was ill prepared. First lesson. If youre going to play on the streets without any amplification forget about fingerplay. It's bom-chicka-bom with a plectrum or go home. Second lesson. Forget about any nuances in your singing. It's foghorn a la Brian johnson. I wasn't prepard for that. I didn't have the songs for it. And I don't sing like that. I have actually worked to lower my voice (keywize) and get a more folkish expression. I'm used to smaller rooms and/or microphones where that worked ok. I wanted to go home in the middle of my first song but stuck it out to six songs (had planned to do eleven...so I'm a quitter to). It's back to the drawingboard. I have all the amps (traynor tv50, mini passport both runs on battery), usb mixer and mics I need but feel I havn't explored all the possibilities yeat. Still think managing with just a guitar and voice without amplification would be the ultimate (amplification isn't always permitted). So I'm going to change some songs and how I play them (with a plek). Try to raise my singing half a key and really go for volume. I'l try going for the foghorn first and then adding nuances. Quiting isn't an option. At least not yet.