Open Mic at The Thirsty Soul Philly 2-28-2019

 

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.

Song: On Fire

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.

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Song: Making a Living

I’ve been working on this song rather than processing my open mic videos (two shows in the backlog, one of which features a misguided attempt to play my piano arrangement of Redneck Vacation. Sometimes things don’t work out, but I do plan on sharing it soon.). At any rate, here is “Making a Living,” my first song of 2019. It is written for my daughter, who is 20 and feeling angsty about being an adult.

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