Tonight I went to my second open mic in the City! It was so amazing! The venue is called Paddy O'Reilly's Music Bar. It was a great venue, and I met so many talented, down to earth, and personable musicians. Coincidentally, for a lot of the people I met, this was their first time at an open mic in the City, too! They were from Paris, Jersey, Philadelphia, etc. It was a nice, intimate venue, with a very attentive, and responsive crowd. The lights were dimmed, and the mood was beautiful. It started at 7:00 pm, and I was number 16, so I went at about 10:15ish. I set up my piano on the stage, and started to play. Once again, the crowd was SILENT! (For two of my pieces). It's looking like my cover of Sia's "Chandelier" is doin alright! After I went off, I continued to watch the other amazing performers. There was one guy named Graham, who played guitar, and had this R&B/Soul/Justin Timberlake/Rap type of feel. It was amazing. Another guy, who's name was Numa, who is from Paris, had this really smooth Jamaican sound. There was another guy, named Isreal (his stage name is Itz Real) who rapped and did hip-hop. He had a pretty nice vibe! There was also a girl named Rachel who went up towards the end of the night, and sang some awesome originals to some siiiick background tracks. All originals!! What amazing talent tonight. I got to meet about 5 of these guys personally, which means that I have about 5 new people in my network! Right after I performed, though, it was Rachel who made my night. After I finished performing, she asked me to tell her my name once more so that she could look up my material. I was so excited that she enjoyed it! I looked up her original stuff too, and she is off of the chain! It's crazy how many talented musicians I am meeting up here!
What did I learn tonight?
I learned that befriending people, networking with people, and talking to people is key. Not only do you come across some great people, but you can never know who is connected with what, or who has expertise in what area. I also learned to either lean away from the mic and sing stronger, or commit and sing into the mic, regardless of if it feels loud or not. I have a problem with hearing my voice through the monitors and softening my tone too much