I perform a few familiar tunes with a new hostess, Liz Starry. I committed a cardinal sin of live musical performances by cracking open my new piezo pickup moments before I went live. It was awkward, but it worked. Featuring I’m Gone, Other Half, and Redneck Vacation. Spoiler: No cajon.
Looks like there may be a bit more of a talent draw with the new hostess, who is plugged into the scene around Philly. Time to rock!
Though the seats were empty this time, we all managed to have tons of musical fun. After performing Gardens and Cobblestones with pals Phil (piano) and Tyler (cajon), Phil pushed my Tom Petty button, and we shared moments with Free Fallin’ and Breakdown. Then I capped my performance off with an acceptable performance of Possum Kingdom by the Toadies.
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).