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Coffeehouse Talent Contest

Tomorrow (yes, I know it's after midnight, and so, is technically Saturday already, but I refuse to believe it's "tomorrow" yet if I haven't had my "long winter's nap", at least not unless the sun has risen). Anyway. Tomorrow, Saturday, at 8:00 p.m. the 19th Street Coffeehouse's annual talent contest starts. Since I survived the auditions, I will be playing three songs.

Wish me luck!

You're welcome to come cheer me on.

I'd feel a lot more positive about it if my back wasn't all stiff, and affecting my finger dexterity. But hopefully tomorrow will be better.


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Feb. 20th, 2010 08:31 am (UTC)
Hope it goes awesomely!!!
Feb. 20th, 2010 08:47 am (UTC)
Thank you.

I just did a (under-dressed) rehearsal, which was better than the one I attempted before I laid down on the bed to crack my back.
Feb. 20th, 2010 10:29 am (UTC)
Good luck! I hope your back feels better and you do well.
Feb. 20th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Gee, what a cool icon! '-)

Feb. 20th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
Many blessings! :)
Feb. 20th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Feb. 20th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
Break a leg!
Feb. 20th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
Good luck! *cheers from afar*
Feb. 20th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
good luck
Feb. 20th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Feb. 20th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Cheering you on, from up here. Lots of good luck.
Feb. 20th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's really odd for me, still, to play on a lighted stage with the audience in the dark (or at least, dim).
Feb. 20th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Luck Luck Luck!
Feb. 20th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Feb. 20th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Much Luck! Wish we had stuff like that around here. I would be all over it. I may have to look into some options in nearby Tyler. I know there is a good coffeehouse out there.

And you know I would love to start things like this, but I get knocked back every time I try. *shrugs*

Best of luck though. Break a leg!
Feb. 20th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
It seems odd that there'd be no folk music venue near you.

Feb. 20th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Break a leg!

I'll be interested to hear what you choose to perform, and how well it reaches an audience that's presumably mundane but less dull than a random crowd off the streets.
Feb. 20th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
For the audition I did Jim Post's Delicate Balance; there was a guy in the audience who fell in love with that song long ago, and because of the song, struck up a conversation with Jim that lead to some level of friendship; he said me singing the song was a good excuse for him to call Jim!

And I did my Coyote Afoot; though I didn't see lots of audience reaction, a number of people told me they liked it or thought the lyrics were clever. And I did get invited back to the final round of the contest.

For tonight, I'd initially planned an autoharp instrumental, probably Planxty George Brabazon, but with my main playing finger on my right hand sore like I jammed it somehow, and the left hand with pins-and-needles, I don't have any confidence I'd do it well. And Art and Cynthia have asked me to do Velveteen for the wedding. So I'll do that, my Imbolc Song if my left hand's not too bad off (and probably Pagan Angel if it's bothering me) and Lullabye for a Weary World. I think all of those will be easily accessible for a folk audience.

There's actually a lot of stuff that's played at filks that is accessible to a folk audience; I also have a number of songs that really are folk, and just don't fit into most filks. Though, as a result, I'm rustier playing them.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
I really don't see how Velveteen or Lullabye for a Weary World would be any harder for a folk audience to wrap their heads around than straight folk songs by the likes of Stan Rogers or Fred Small. Pagan Angel would be much more provocative. It really shows off your voice, but I would worry that some people might be offended by the lyrics.

I've pretty much stopped worrying about whether songs I sing are "folk" or "filk". I try to pick songs that I think are good songs and that I can do halfway well. I always pick songs that I feel like singing.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
I do pay attention to audience for songs. My Coyote Afoot is a good song nearly everywhere, but in a pagan audience, it's a much better song. They get the jokes, viscerally. Filk crowds get them more intellectually. And I've had mundanes be confused by Caretakers!
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