Hello, homies! Last night's open mic was held at Paddy Reilly's Music Bar! There was a pretty small turnout, but there was still some great talent tonight. Israel was there, Quincy was there, and Michael Persall was there. Israel performing was probably one of the highlights of my night. Why? Because laughter. Yes, that's a fragment, but, because laughter. As he started to perform his set, Israel started to chuckle. That chuckle turned into a laugh, and it got to the point where he could barely sing. I was recording him, and I kept trying to make eye contact with him, and give him the "What is so dang funny?" eyes. The second we met eyes, I start falling over laughing (and I didn't even know what he was laughing at!) because I knew that if he couldn't compose himself on stage, something must have been really funny. His last song was a cover of "Your Body is a Wonderland" by John Mayer, and 10 seconds into it, he put the mic down and could not stop laughing. Eventually, he looked at the audience and was like, "Sorry, I just... I just can't," and walks off laughing. By this point, I'm on the floor. I have no clue what he's laughing at, but between his laughter, and the fact that he just walked off the stage, I couldn't even handle myself. After, he told us what he was laughing at. It's kind of a long story, and may not make sense if I simply type it, so just know that it was funny, haha. Quincy performed two originals, followed by an Ed Sheeran cover. As always, he laid down that smooth voice. I performed a couple originals. Although my first song was a bit rough to get into, the second and third were better. Definitely not a great performance, but I think I'm getting more comfortable hearing myself through the microphone. To be honest, the hearing of the feedback from the microphone while performing is something that I have struggled to get used to. I'll start singing, and then I'll hear my voice booming loudly, so then I'll back off, but then I'll have a lack of breath support, causing me to fall flat, then I'll over compensate, causing me to go sharp, and then I'll get closer to mic, but in doing that I can hear my open vowels clearer (and I don't like how open my vowels are), so then I'll lean back from the microphone, but then I'm not being picked up, and so on and so forth. I need some more practice haha.
What Did I Learn Today?
I learned A LOT today. It was one of those nights where you learn so much, that you listen to each piece of advice attentively, and hope that it ends up sitting in your brain somewhere, and that it will either come out later, or that you'll subconsciously internalize it, and that you will have understood it without consciously making a mental note of it. I just sound confusing right now. Hmm, I must have learned something.
Oh! Michael Persall taught me something great tonight. He told me that when people are looking to promote an artist, they are not looking to see if they "sound good." He said that you have to be a purple elephant. You have to stand out. You have to be a purple elephant, because in a world where there are millions of people who are VERY talented, it comes down to your individuality. It doesn't come down to if they sound good (because there is plenty of that), it comes down to the question of, are they a purple elephant? He told me that the easiest (and only) way to be that purple elephant, is to be yourself. He didn't mean to say that in a cliche way, but meant it very logically. These are the facts: you, are you. Nobody else can be you. Therefore, only you, can do you best. Find out what makes you an individual, find your style, commit to it, and hone in on it.