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.
I haven’t had a drink since November 1, 2018. I captured this song during a particularly lucid rumination on how I was feeling: Inspired. Ceasing the destruction of myself and becoming much more responsive to inspiration has begun to instill a sense this feeling is worth sharing.
Wearing my 80s production and Bowie influence on my sleeve, I present this work.
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.