The place was absolutely packed. I played a 4-song set and was able to nail all of them! It’s a pleasure when you do well and you sort of know it. It doesn’t always happen that way, but last night was great!
My comfort level continues to grow, but even though playing for a crowd is becoming second nature to me, there are still challenges …
One issue with playing open-mics in coffeehouses and bars is that other things are going on and not everybody is there to listen to your music. The extraneous noise from clinking glasses, espresso machines, and the general chatter of patrons competing for sonic space in the room, while understandable, can be a bit disconcerting.
Another is the fact that at open-mic you don’t really have any time to get comfortable during your rapid fire race toward those proverbial 15 minutes of fame…
You get 4 songs and that’s it. Not much room for error and there are no do-overs.
So, you get up there and you give it your best shot and most of the time your reward is nothing more than polite applause, but on rare occasion, you find that you made a greater connection and your performance elicits a more enthusiastic reaction.
When that happens you get the very briefest taste of what it is that makes performing so intoxicating. You put yourself on the line to do something you enjoy doing, and other people sincerely appreciate it!
Only occasionally does it happen for the open-mic crowd, but when it does, its the stuff that keeps you coming back for more.
I got a little bit this past Saturday … and it felt good.