Thursday, February 14, 2013

Open Mic Night: The Good, The Bad... and the Really Bad.


It's happened to all of us. You're at a bar, and unbeknownst to you someone with a guitar steps on stage and starts to perform. You feel inconvenienced, intruded upon, "Who is this person, and why are they interrupting my relaxing conversation?" You suddenly realize it happens to be Open Mic Night... and you remember why you never come to this bar on Tuesdays. Next time you find yourself in this situation, may I suggest having a little compassion for that guy with the guitar.

It takes a lot of guts to get up there and expose yourself emotionally to an audience who didn't necessarily come here to see you, or see anyone for that matter. In fact, most of them are here to get drunk and hang out with their friends. They have no interest in you or the art you've worked so hard to bring to them. Still, you pull yourself together and get up there.

Scary, huh? All I'm saying is, give the guy a chance. Listen to a couple of his songs... If after that you conclude he really does suck, and don't get me wrong, there's a strong possibility he'll have no talent what-so-ever, then feel free to ignore his attempts at stardom.

I've attended lots of these performances, and I gotta say, more often than not, I leave having experienced something new and at the very least interesting. So next time you stumble upon an Open Mic Night situation, sit back and let whatever's coming hit you right in the face. Who knows, you might enjoy it.

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