Hola! Hola mis amigos! Last night I performed at the Sidewalk Cafe, which is the most popular, longest running open mic place in all of New York. The amount of talent last night . . . the a.m.o.u.n.t. of talent folks... from spoken word, to singer-songwriters, to showtunes, to bass solos, to jazz, it was quite a breathtaking night. Tonight I came across of a good number of the guys! Tonight it was James, Adam, Elliot, Kwesi, and a couple of others. There's also this woman who cracks. me. UP! She's probably around 65, and she is a hoot. She always is gracious enough to come talk to me, and she is the awkwardest, sweetest, most paranoid woman that I have ever met. The Sidewalk Cafe, in short, blew me away! It was packed! Instead of signing up at the door, you had to walk up to the stage, tell Bill your name, and he would draw a number out of a hat (between 1 and 42). Thankfully, I got 12! I was able to perform at a relatively early time during the night. There was one girl who went up, who played this song, and her voice was amazing! I never got to talk with her, but I get did a video so I could share it with you all! There was also a guy who played a bass solo to an instrumental backing to Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud." Throughout the night I was also able to talk more with friends that I had met previously. After talking for a while, I found out that James works as a PA for the second TMNT movie, and also for the Sherlock Holmes show, "Elementary." He gets fed 3 meals a day, and is given some pretty cool pay. How cool is that! After talking with Elliot, I learned that he was born in New York, but is from Canada! What a great night, and what a great vibe.
What did I learn tonight?
One of my new friends, Adam, showed me how he plays guitar. His originals are AWESOME, and I asked him where he gets his style from. After taking me through the chords that he does (open/octave jazz chords, and then muting the strings and strumming the same pattern right after), he told me this: "Forget the basics. Forget learning this first, and then that second, etc. Every time somebody gives you advice, or shows you something really cool, take it. Just take everything that everybody tells and shows you that you like, and start to form it into your own style. Thanks, Adam! I'm really hoping that this can help me to get better and to start to form a style on guitar!