Tonight's open mic was at the Nuyorican Poet Cafe! SUUUCH an amazing night. This is one for the books. Although I don't know much of it, the Nuyorican Poet Cafe is filled with so much history. Tonight, pretty much everybody was a rapper haha. These people had CHOPS. Like, mad chops. Quincy performed his new song on guitar, and it was FIRE! he featured Israel on a verse or two, and they sounded amazing. The crowd was gettin' hyped, and the tune was catchy. Israel performed a couple of original raps of his own, and the audience loved him too. Everybody had had their own beats made, and then they would begin to rap to the instrumental that they had created. Of course, being David, I'm the one that stands out like a sore thumb ha. When I went up, the MC asked me if I already gave my iPod to the DJ so that he could play my beats, and then I said no and pointed to the piano on stage. The MC looked at the audience and was like, "Oh, he gonna play piano!" The audience started to cheer. I went up, and began to play one of my new songs. It was a little scary, because not only is this a new place, with a new audience, but I was playing a completely new song of mine, that I have written in a completely different style than what I am used to (I am trying to add some spoken word to my new songs). I took the stage, and for the most part, they were silent. It was packed, too! Also, I got snaps! SNAPS! When I would say something that they would like, they would snap during the song! Ahh it was so cool!
I was tentative to play this song, because of the message. This song is about my faith, and about how Jesus is the only way. I felt weird, because most everybody else who performed rapped, and the rapping consisted of their life, or their street cred. Not only that, but these dudes could spit. Soooo much talent was in that room. Here are these rappers who are spitting rhymes and turning up the audience, and here I am playing a song on piano about Jesus. Although I think I did alright, I feel like I messed up so many times. I was lacking a lot of breath flow, and I fell flat a couple of times. Admittedly, I was pretty nervous. Hopefully I'll make it even better when I continue to perform it. As I played, the response surprised me. There were "oo"s, and there were snaps. After I finished, I received my first standing ovation from about 4 or 5 people that I could make out. I could barely get a word in edgewise, after I finished playing! I was amazed at how many people felt the message that I was trying to portray. As I walked off the stage, the MC took the mic, and said to the crowd, "God has also blessed my in many ways. He has. But he sure didn't give me a voice like that."
It was a really inspiring night tonight :)