Tonight's open mic was back at the Sidewalk Café! What a great place that is. Instead of signing up with you arrive, the method of choosing is the 'pick-your-name-out-of-a-hat' method. You all arrive at around 7:30, and when you get up to the stage, you tell them your name, and they pick a number out of a top hat. You can go first, second, thirtieth, fiftieth, or anything in between. I got 40. Soooo we were there for a whiiiiiiile. It's was a fun night though. James was there, Elliot was there, Israel was there, and Quincy was there. We also made a new friend, and her name is Dawn. She's really chill! She's lived in the City for about 20 years, and has been doing music ever since. During her undergrad, she studied Music Education, so we were able to talk about the similarities within our majors. There was A LOT of talent tonight. There was a man who played piano faster than I've EVER seen anyone play (sometime later this month, I'll post a compilation video of people who have blown me away with their performances), and there were other people who were oozing with talent. Israel, who usually raps, is starting to do this new thing, where he sings his raps, and they are accompanied by the Quincy or Adam on the guitar. It's a really cool acoustic take on his style. James debuted this new song that was FIRE. He makes electronic beats, and then plays guitar and sings over it. Quincy sounded smooth as always, with his soulful voice. Elliot left before he could perform!! He has this song called "Lucky Guy," where he either plays it on piano, or is accompanied by Adam on the guitar. I may like the piano version a little bit more, only because that's how I first heard it haha, but personally, both versions are pretty dope. Sometimes he seems shy and down on himself and his talents, but this cat is the youngest of us all, and is silencing crowds. There was one open mic a couple Saturdays ago at a place called The Bitter End (where I met Elliot), and there wasn't a lot of talking, but there was small conversation going on during performances. When we all went up to perform, it was mostly quiet, but when Elliot started singing and playing the crowd was silent. At open mics, there is usually a house guitar, and a piano. 98% of performers, if not comics, will walk up with their guitar, or they will grab the house guitar. I've only seen a couple of times where people bypass the guitar, and sit at the piano. When that happens, I get a little bit anxious haha. I guess the anxiety comes from insecurity, because my piano playing is not anywhere near I think it could or should be. In short, it's a fear that they'll show me up. Long story short, at The Bitter End, Elliot's turn came, and he went to go sit at the piano, and began to sing. (Keep in mind, I hadn't met him yet) He started playing, and in my head, I was like, "NOOO HE'S GOOD" but after you sit and enjoy their performance for a little while, the jealousy goes away and you begin to appreciate their art. But, yeah, he left tonight before he even performed! That sleeze. Well, he had a job interview the next morning, so, eh, I guess that deserves some cutting of slack. As the night reached the time of 1:20am, I performed. Although I had intended to go up and sing an original on piano, I decided so sing something a capella. I sang a cover of "Once Upon Another Time" by Sara Barrelies. I was pretty nervous, but people received it well with their comments afterwards. After I performed, Dawn performed. She has a great voice! She performed an original on guitar called "Wish."
What Did I Learn Tonight
Tonight I learned that when covering songs, you don't have to just find a popular song. You should find a song that fits well with your vocal skill. Tonight, James performed a cover of "At Last," and it was GOLD. Nobody would really think to cover that song, but in his high voice, and with how quick his voice can move, it was the perfect fit. In covering songs, I am trying to find songs that sit in my tesatura, and don't have that much vocal movement. It's not that my voice doesn't move at all, but instead of trying to emulate the runs of a skilled artist, I would rather create simple ones that are unique to my own style.