Being that today is Thursday, can you guess which open mic I went to tonight? You guessed it, The Path Café! What a great night for music tonight. Tonight, Adam performed, Quincy performed, and Israel and Elliot came later to show their support. Adam played "Daydream" (my FAVORITE song by his), and it sounded great. While he performed, his guitar began to cut in and out. In this moment, I was able to see how great of a performer Adam actually is. Even though his guitar was clipping in and out, he covered it up like it was part of the song, As some points he would sing a capella, and at some moments he would improvise an alternate guitar pattern for sake of the quality not sounding too choppy. Great musicians can improvise if need be. I got to see one perform right in front of me! Quincy played some originals, and as always, the crowd at it UP. I played an original off the album, called, "Let Love Die." Oddly enough, this is the first time that I have played this song in the City. I don't know why I have not played it sooner, because it is being received well. After I finished performing, I received some great compliments! One man (who had an AMAZING performance), told me that my voice was mellifluous. I've never even heard of that word before! I guess it means "soothing" or "peaceful" or "pleasant." I was so excited to hear that. Adam told me that I remind him of Imogen Heap. WHAAAT!? I love her voice! Although a good 65% of my mind tells me that they were just saying that, it still felt nice to hear the encouragement :) The most amazing thing that I witnessed tonight was a woman who sang and played the piano. She had an amazing voice, and her piano skills were oh so smooth. Also, she did not have a right arm. She played the piano with her left hand and a nub that ended right below her bicep. I have no clue how she did it, but it was breathtaking.
What Did I Learn Tonight?
As mentioned before, I learned that being a great musician means that you have to be ready to improvise at the drop of a hat. If your sound goes out, can you sing the song a capella? If you play the wrong note, can you spontaneously adjust the song so that it sounds as if the mistake never occurred? Tonight, I also learned that excuses are, most of the time, a bag of nothingness. This woman did not have an arm, and my piano playing skills are no where near the level of her skills. We often give ourselves reasons and excuses as to why we can't do something, but tonight, she showed me that if we really want to accomplish something, we have to go for it.