Very much appreciate the good advise and kind words of encouragment here. Thanks, everyone.
This is gonna sound ridicilous but I’m telling you anyway - I did a small gig just for the family in the kitchen the other day, like a rehearsal in an environment where mistakes were highly tolerated.
While it felt awkward and silly, that feeling went away when my daughter said “Dad, I’m gonna have to dance to this”, and up she went, and her mom joined in with our baby son on her arm.
So the venue was our kitchen, the lighting was our ceiling lamp, the crowd was only three, but for a few minutes, we rocked the house with an Analog Rytm and a Bose portable speaker. And before I started playing, I was a little bit nervous. In a good way.