What a great open mic this afternoon! Today's open mic was at The Bitter End. This open starts at 1:30 pm, as opposed to starting in the nighttime. It was my second time going, and the vibe there is just great. Everyone's so kind, and they have this beautiful, baby grand piano. I played a cover of "Chandelier" by Sia, and then one of my newer originals, entitled "Release." The afternoon started off with this African American man who sang two a capella songs. He was elderly, but his voice was beautiful. It sounded like had had some classical training under his belt. There was another guy who played a Billy Joel cover with piano and vocals, and then performed an original with piano and vocals. Usually I get jealous when people go up to play piano and sing at open mics, because I'm scared that they will be better than me, but oh my goodness. This guy was so talented, that all I could do was record his performance. He was a little bit cocky, but man, he wrote a pretty amazing song. All in all, the open mic was pretty cool. One thing that was really cool, was that my homies were there! It was Elliot, Adam, Israel, (and a couple other people whose names I can't recall at the moment. It's pretty terrible, actually, because I shake their hand, we have conversations, and they remember my name, but I can't seem to remember theirs. I know, I know, pretty pathetic). One of the highlights this afternoon, was Kayla, who went up to sing with her friend Soe. She sang this song about relying on God, and it was so inspiring. To be honest, I have not been in my Bible lately nearly as much as I should be. I get so lazy. It's not an excuse, but it's the truth. Her original song was about her reliance on her faith, and the importance of it. I love seeing signs, and people talking about, and people singing about the Gospel. It's really inspiring. After the performance, Kayla and Soe asked me if I wanted to play piano accompaniment to a song that they are in the process of writing! Even though I told them that I have only been playing for a couple of years, they said to could and jam with them. Yay! Made some more friends! After the open mic, while we were waiting for the rain to stop, Elliot and Macchiato and I chilled and talked for a while. I don't remember what we were talking about, but I haven't laughed that hard in weeks. Gosh, friends really do make this journey go so much smoother.
What did I learn today?
Today I learned that NYC rain is not like Colorado rain. It's not coming from one big, passing rain cloud, that releases drops into the dry air. It is this day-long, depressing drizzle, that, mixed with the humidity, causes every inch of everywhere you walk to be wet. NYC rain don't play.
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