Posted by tombrien on Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I went out to a place called Dino's Lounge in Ferndale last night and played at their open mic event. I was about as nervous as a prostitute in church. I muddled through my first tune absolutely solo ( Dixeland Delight ). I suppose I did ok. I was slightly more relaxed during my second song ( Country Roads ). The band that was there accompanied me through that. They made me sound wonderful. I was quite nervous still, so I sat out after two songs. I was asked to return to the stage later, and played backup for 2 or 3 tunes that the band played. I did feel way better by the time that was through. They even called me out for one break. I can't say I rocked the house, but I did ok once again. I have great respect for the guys and gals I played with last night, they were real pros out playing just for the fun of it. I will be going back again as soon as possible. I have already RSVP'd to another event near me for this Sunday.
Thursday, November 4, 2010 @7:09:41 PM
Way to go Tom...
I haven't got up to the 'soloing' part yet. I stick with playing with other folks....
4 string madness Says:
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @9:26:23 AM
Thats great tom ,My problem is in that situation is I don't know what Im doing .make up most the songs I do and in not so common tunings .Tom I think we should get sceene going this summer there is a park here in clarkston that I know we could get to play at .Get a bunch of pickers to come and have a pic nic / hoe down .Or what we used to call it back in Iowa ahoot 'n anie we would have to get some gitar pickers to .We should plan ! I know there is a bunch of closet picker around here we just got to get them out it would be fun and we could start something .A few years back I herd they had something like this in Ortonville and it was quite fun . By the way this blogie thingy is a great Idea I have had problems finding anybody of the same mind as myself . 4 string madness !
Karen Kruske Says:
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 @4:08:15 PM
Good for you Tom. Takes some guts to get up there and do it the first time or so. I have only gone to a couple jams but the second time I went I got up at the mic and sang Jesse James. I had about 25 people behind me playing and another banjo player helped me sing on the refrain (oh, yeah, they expect you to sing when your turn to play comes up!).
Ortonville is closer to me than Clarkston but getting together this summer sounds like fun.
Keith Madison Says:
Thursday, April 14, 2011 @4:57:45 AM
Great - what helped me was starting a jam a number of yrs ago, playing with people will help your playing big time.
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