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You were never the same way twice

I know, you were probably just as surprised as I was that anyone would ever let me host an open mic in this town again, after that one post. But I was asked to fill in at last night's event at AJ's Music Cafe (thanks, jjfmi), and I went and it was actually pretty cool. Sure, most of the issues I complained about two weeks ago were still there, but they seemed smaller this time—were actually smaller, in some cases. Plus, I didn't go in thinking this would be The Perfect Open Mic Night (tm, pat.pend.), which left me room to be pleasantly surprised, and I was. There seems to be a turnover in the roster of regulars going on, and it's bringing in people and styles of music I haven't seen in years of open miking. It was a lot of work, and a bit chaotic in a couple of spots, but it worked out well in the end.

I opened the night, as is the host's duty (so the first performer doesn't have to deal with a cold stage), and played "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." That's at least the 25th year I've played Gordon Lightfoot's magnum opus to commemorate the events of November 10, 1975.

The biggest misgiving I had was that my back wouldn't hold up, and I did get awful tired and hurty, but a heating pad when I got home helped a lot. I should have gotten a heating pad decades ago.

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jjfmi
Nov. 11th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Charlie, thanks and more thanks for letting me rest my voice last night - and for your courage in returning to The Scene of the Crime. :-)

Your back definitely held up better than my throat would have. As it turned out, I put myself on a regimen of Mucinex and lemon juice - the combined efforts of which were... um.. "productive". Suffice to say that I can speak again, and should be up to singing at least ONE song by Sunday (which I'll have to do, lest Mr. Lamb hold me hostage in Harbor Springs). I'll have updates and perhaps the odd photo on FB...

Have a great weekend...! :-)
songdogmi
Nov. 11th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
If you have to, write a talking blues -- then you won't have to actually sing. :)

I'm glad to hear things have been coming up, er, out, er... you know. That you're getting better. Have fun at the retreat!

Edited at 2009-11-11 10:50 pm (UTC)
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