There's a nervous new guy with a guitar next to me, his shirt is tie-dyed an orange-yellow color that matches his natural hair & beard, and it has a bald eagle graphic on it. Tonight's host just said hi to him.
I think I need to plan my visit a little better, the younger barista charged me by the cracker. That's weird, that's never happened to me anywhere else on earth in my whole life. He tossed the lid on the container, so I can't use it to cover the chicken salad, so I've got to eat the entire thing immediately. He didn't give me a fork. . . . that and 1 large coffee for $7.95. Jeez, this is painful.
Looking at some of the guys around Athens, I guess the bushy beard with no mustache (or a thin one) is the prevailing style. It is on display tonight. I won't be sportin' that style myself, if I grow a beard it itches like crazy.
Betsy Franck is the host, she's doing a gospel-y number. Once again, the volume is up too high, it is painfully loud tonight. I just had to go to the jar at the front to grab some free earplugs. It is a shame I couldn't just sit & enjoy her song. The woman next to me just thanked me for watching her laptop as she stepped away, but I didn't hear her the first time, so she said "oh, never mind". Man, the volume is interfering with my ability to make new friends. Maybe the sound guy has lost lots of hearing over the years?
Ethan Mullinax is the guy with the eagle shirt, he's up next. Oooo, he's got a neck-harmonica holder! He just hit some harmonics on the 12th string, too. Both songs are imploring god for favor. This song has a pleasant low-grade depression sound. Ethan moves easily between chords, fingerpicking, singing & harmonica. I think he's practiced a lot.
Here comes Rumsfeld again. He plays guitar well, but never sings anything, such a waste perhaps, I want to know what his singing voice sounds like. "Santiago's Road" is his 1st song. His stuff could easily be used as background music for parts of movies or documentaries.
I'm gonna take my earplugs out & try to talk to Ethan . . . . His band is "Modern Mammoth". The other 2 guys in that band are biology majors, so they don't have a lot of spare time. Ethan majored in piano. He's not a fan of ordinary cover songs.
Simone ZJ:"When The Time Comes". She has an sound that is adjacent to Jewel.
Evan from the Tabletop Board Games Meetup just sat down with a friend. I don't think he recognizes me yet, I'm gonna say Hi to him in a second.
Rose Riot: She's singing a discordant minor song. Wow, She's good!! A guitarist with clothespins on his jacket just walked in. Rose is figerpicking. And she's concentrating hard. Larry Forte just showed up too. "Who Are These Ghosts". Rose claims she's rusty. If that's rusty, I can't wait to hear when she's practiced! She loves David Bowie, here comes a cover:"......."
I don't recognize it, it must be one of Bowie's non-radio hits. "As the pain sweeps through. . . . .'till the world falls down, fallin', falling in love". Heck, that was very nice, I need to look up that song.
Johnny Rowland is back with a black knit cap today. His music is usually delivered with a delirious happiness, no matter what the words say the subject is. He's hitting a homerun again tonght! Johnny used a slip into conversational talk right in the middle of this song, very nice! Johnny went home & learned the song "Valerie" he heard last week here at open mic, but he's covering a Dillon song now instead. "When the wind is blowin' in your face..... ". Johnny sure has a much better voice than Bob Dillon, but almost everyone does.
|Kevin Whitfield Performs |
@ Hendershot's Open Mic Nite, 2014-10-13
|Hand Drumming On Wood Box|