Before I title each of these posts, I have to scroll down and figure out the number of the last show or open mic, in an effort to properly title the one that I am posting. It really is the struggle, though. Maybe it's because I can't count. I guess that makes sense then.
Anyways . . . this was the 11th open mic! Including shows, this makes 16 performances in the NYC total that I have completed. Hopefully I will hit 30 before I leave! This open mic was at a venue called Pete's Candy Store. (I guess there really wasn't a person named Pete there, and to my surprise, it was not a candy store). The layout of this place was so cool. Instead of having a large room with the stage at the front, and the audience filling the rest, the performance area was in this narrow hall. Chairs lined the walls of the hall, and the performer performed at the end of the hall, in the middle of the stage. How cool! Tonight it was just me and Elliot who went, and we pretty much played for each other, seeing as most everyone left after they played, and we were last on the list haha. It was still a great open mic, though. There was this one performer who played piano, and his hands FLEW across the keyboard. There was also a ukulele player, and she had such a beautiful voice. Tonight, everyone performed one song sets (to be finished by 8pm), which made for a pretty early night. I performed "In the Rain," and it went alright. I am starting to feel like all of these performances in the City are starting to settle in. In other words, as each day goes by, I become less and less nervous to when I go to perform. I say that now, because tonight I felt a distinct relaxation, and a distinct change in my comfortably. Elliot played one of his originals, and it was awesome as always. One thing that I notice when Elliot plays, is his stage presence. He's interactive, making eye contact, and almost acting out what he is singing (even though he's also playing piano). When I play, my head is down, or my eyes are closed. I guess that isn't necessarily a bad thing, but after watching him, and after seeing how he connects with the audience, it has become something cool to aspire to.
What Did I Learn Tonight?
After the open mic tonight, Elliot and I went to Burger King (Don't judge me. I got this, like, Whopper-combo-thingy, and it was really, really good. Ok?) As we started talking, we revisited the subject of why we write songs. Although I have heard many answers to the question of "Why do you write music?" his answer really stood out to me. He told me that sometimes, music is the only way to properly express a specific emotion, and that there are some feelings that only music can accurately portray (Mind blown, right?). He thought back to one of the songs that he had written, and when he finished it, he thought to himself, "Wow. This is good." He didn't mean that to be cocky, though. He said this because, in the chorus he had written, he was not only able to accurately display a moment in his past, but he was able to re-create the emotion that he once held, through words and a melody.