In this open mic, I debut the song Grass and Wine with piano accompaniment from Phil Romeo and (off camera) Tyler on the cajon. Also featured: Better Ending, Other Half, and Please Don’t Bury Me (written by John Prine). Nothing caught fire this time. Unless you count my soul.
This piece came to me all at once. Or, more accurately, it is the result of a couple of years of pontification about the zeitgeist. I crafted the beat and the main synth theme during my lunch break; to have waited would have been torture.
It was quite enjoyable to dust off some rather old songs in my song catalog for this open mic night. It never hurts to practice the old “nobody knows you messed up, keep playing” philosophy; plus, it pleases me that the lyrics don’t feel dated (yet).
In this open mic, the table right in front of me caught on fire while I played my first song. Also, I followed an interesting fellow who was visited by an alien being and pronounced the “chosen one.” So, as I continue to hone my gift of stage gab, I concocted an opening that gave a nod to that. Featuring Gardens and Cobblestones, I Drive a Bus, and– inevitably– Chinese Buffet.
I happened upon a really infectious beat I created a couple of years ago and, after an enjoyable session, pulled a catchy melody from the universe. As fate would have it, I decided to listen to The Doors for the heck of it, and realized what I had with this song is a Doors-influenced piece of classic rock with a twist of contemporary production. And so, On Fire was born. It was fun to channel a bit of Jim Morrison, walking the line between psychedelic and Sinatra in vocal and lyrical styling. Yep, looks pretentious to have typed that out loud.