I just had my second open mic experience, and I want to write about it simply because it was so much less humiliating than the first one. I helped organize the event, and must have not done a great job because it was rather sparsely attended. But hopefully that made it easier for those who weren’t totally confident to go ahead and do something. When we started to run out of acts, I wanted to prolong it, and since I had my sax with me from wind symphony, I decided to play. One of the pieces we’re playing has this really gorgeous sax melody in it, so I just played that. It’s pretty short and slow, and not at all jazzy (which is what people expect out of a saxophone), but I think people were impressed anyway, because it tends to entail high, loud notes with LOTS of vibrato, and that just sounds good. So people thought I was really good – probably because of the vibrato. 6 years ago
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Awkward. Totally attended the event assuming I wouldn’t perform, then Masumi and I just somehow got sucked into singing “What You Own” from Rent. The key was all wrong and we kept singing each other’s parts. In short, we made fools of ourselves. But somehow, perhaps due to the warm and nonjudgmental audience, it sort of broke the ice, so to speak. I feel that next time I could perhaps prepare something ahead of time and have the courage to go for it. 7 years ago