This open mic was an outlier. Along with a few comfortable tracks (Grass and Wine, Gardens and Cobblestones, Sweet Jesus, and Other Half), I would completely understand if you were to skip to the appended last song. It was a sweet improv blues jam roughly resembling Chinese Buffet, complete with piano, cajon, and some sweet and soulful background vocals from a mysterious, extremely talented female vocalist.
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).
While the absence of Phil Romeo was felt, host Gabe Esposito rocked the house (in addition to many excellent first-time and veteran Thirsty Soul performers). Here was my (first) contribution. I did end up doing a second set, unrecorded, including a really nice version of Congratulations accompanied by Gabe on bass. I’ll be sure to capture that next time around.