Is It Safe To Gnaw Through The Straps Now? (ericcoleman) wrote,
Is It Safe To Gnaw Through The Straps Now?
ericcoleman

Open Mike

I went to the Open Mike last night. It was good and bad ...

First the bad
My guitar's electronics went out, I have to get it into the shop today. I was miked instead, which brings up bad #1
A condenser mike for the instruments, in a loud room. Especially with the nylon string guitar that came after me, miked guitars were REALLY bass heavy. He needs to ditch the condenser and get an SM57
Bass heavy generally ... he needs to ride the EQ a little, get rid of some of the low end.
The final guy in the rotation went over half an hour, with just jam-bandy sort of rhythm guitar stuff, which may have been cool if there had been someone to solo over it. Oh, and it was three songs, any of which would have made their point in 3:50.

The good
I played a pretty good set, even if I forgot the 70s verse in Hey Dad. I got a good response, and I played much better than I had any right to after so long off.

Only Coffee House
Bang My Bald Spot
Hey Dad !!!

There is a lot of talent there, the younger performers are very good, if a bit derivative, but that's to be expected. There is a lot that sounds like the very earnest 90s singer/songwriters, typical AA radio stuff. But good. I'll probably make this a regular thing, unless the bad outweighs the good, which right now it doesn't. They will need to clamp down on time soon, instigate the 3 songs or 15 minutes rule, then come back when the rotation comes round again.

Oh, and I got to hang out with ka_klick, who I haven't seen since Demicon.
Tags: billy joes, open mike
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