Aaaaaand we're back at Paddy Reilly's Music Bar! I haven't been to this Wednesday open mic in about two weeks! It was not as packed as it was the last time I went, but it was still a great night, with some great, great talent. There were only a couple of us there tonight: Israel, Quincy, Dawn, Allie, Michael, and myself. Everybody did great! It's cool because at Paddy's, it's a three song set, instead of a two song set. Israel did his acoustic thing, (Israel rap/sings and Quincy accompanies him on guitar) and then he also did a cover of "Your Body is a Wonderland" by John Meyer. I've never really heard Israel sing before, and he sounds really nice! Quincy played originals, and then covered "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran. So great!! Quincy is Ghanan, and he plays guitar. What a smooth, soulful voice. I sang a couple of originals, and then I performed a cover of Sia's "Chandelier" (which you can see a recording of, below!). Allie is a singer-songwriter who has a high, and very powerful voice. She went up and played three originals. There was one of her songs (either the second or the third one), and there was a moment towards the end where she stopped playing guitar, went a capella, and her voice went lower, and lower, and lower, and it was one of the coolest things I've ever heard. Elliot said he was comin', but never showed up! Psssh, I see how it is, leavin' a brotha out to dry. Dawn went up and played three originals, and man, they were amazing. You know when someone plays an original song, and it just pulls on your heart strings? Yeah. Her words are deep, and her messages are true. Tonight's open mic ended at around 11:40! A reasonable time! How about that!! The high point of my night tonight, was that I sold my first CD! Dawn bought one! I usually carry around a backpack with about 20 CDs inside (along with lugging my keyboard around NYC, and with the heat and humidity, I am usually a sweaty mess when I reach my arrival. So. Gross.).
Earlier today, I was able to hang out with Vincent Preti! What a great, great guy. He's down to earth, and willing to show a naïve Coloradan around New York haha. As we walked, he hit me with SO much wisdom. I almost pulled out my phone each time he opened his mouth, but I feel like that could've came off as rude ha. We went to Bryant Park, The New York Library, and Grand Central Station. How fun!
What Did I Learn Today?
Vincent taught me two things:
After talking for a while, I learned that Vincent is immersed in many art forms. He has done music, photography, writing, yoga, and other mediums that I know I am forgetting. I asked him if one particular art form stuck out to him, or was his favorite. His response was that, it's not as much about the actual art forms, as it is about finding how the art resonates with him. (I know, my brain exploded for a second). For example, let's say that he was working on a painting. He would work on that painting tirelessly, (he made fists and pressed his knuckles against themselves) until he found that tension that was between him and the art. He would keep pressing, and pressing, and pressing, until boom. Whatever exploded from that tension, was the art form.
He asked me the golden question, haha. He asked me what I planned to do after graduation. I gave him the golden answer: I'm still not completely sure. I told him that there are many things that I would want to do. Graduate school, tour some more, etc., but I don't know. I stressed the fact that I needed to decide soon. To this, he kind of looked at me, and reminded me that I actually didn't have to stress about what to do. He said the one key word that I've never seemed to acknowledge: Wait. Just wait. Take some time off, if need be. After graduation, come to the City, or Denver, or somewhere, work, and learn about yourself, and what fits with you. Don't commit to the next stage in life if you are not 99% certain that that is what you want to do. Nothing is wrong with taking time off to find yourself. This stage in life isn't always about finding what you like, but also finding what you don't like.