Okay so I suck at the whole post before bed thing. But I am posting now. I went to the bloggers guild meeting and then swung by a open mic before heading home to work on some images. Can I start by saying – DUDE Shockcity studios is off the MICKYFLIPPIN CHAIN! okay that is all. I almost wish I was a musician so I would have the excuse to need to be there. Any who.
Apparently every Tuesday at Jazz on the Bistro on Washington Av there is an open mic. Says showstarts at 8:30 sharp but that was the unsharpest sharp time ever. Bistro is still one of my most favorite spots in the city for performing and just chillin out. But last night reminded me wht I love about an open mic and what I don’t. I had sort of forgotten the rules.
The rules of open mic is fairly simple. Remember its a gamble. The open mic is really a slot machine. And the best mic is when the slot is loose. You put in your cover charge and hit the jackpot 4 or 5 times, everything is clicking the energy is good and you hear some good poetry. But thats the best mic – most nights mics are filled with some bravado, poems written for dating purposes, and people who don’t read poetry but write from deep places. peices half memorized and rewritten on napkins. Where you build comradery and community. And that has to be enough – the rule is you can’t want too much from an open mic, I’m trying to learn that. Its hard for me, but I miss it more than I remember so I am goin out again, and for that it was good enough for me.
I do want to say the band was wonderful, their were a few singer song writers who came up and the band backed them beautifully. It was truly well done. Black Spade was there performing, he also gave me permission to use some of his work on my website so that wsa major for me. I love his work, have for ten years. So it was nice to see a familiar face, I saw a few actually, so I felt a little less like a new kid inthe room, perhaps I’ll get around to reading again soon. Just a note there were more men at this event than I’ve ever seen. Beautful specimins. I look forward to going back again.
Maybe I’ll see you there – Also – here are some shots I posted from SoulStage which is a Wed Night poetry event here in St. Louis.