2017-02-20

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2017-02-20


19:30 - Larry Forte
"Song 001"
"Song 002"
Pretty good, but Larry biffs the last line, it was kinda funny to me.

19:34 - Ethan Phillips
"Front Row"
This is a well written song. Needs more musicians.

A song about going to church just so you can watch a girl there.
"Song 004"

19:40 - Hello Kitty Kat
"Song 005"

Jimmy throws his ball cap onto the stage floor for this song, 'cuz it's hot on stage tonite.
"Song 006"

19:50 - The Powers
It's only the Mitchell power tonite.
5th fret capo.
"Song 007"
This is radio-ready! OMG planet Earth will eat up everything Mitchell is cooking right now. His long sweeping haircut is camera friendly. He is ready for a show at any time right now. Playing Live Wire Athens 2017-02-27 at 23:00.

"B-K-F-I-B"
4th fret capo. Mitchell wrote this in high school.

20:00 - Kevin Murphey
20:10 - David Wiseman
20:20 - Ron Perry
20:30 - Phillip Brooke
20:40 - Jay Bowers
20:50 - Cortez Garza
21:00 - Sarah Zuniga
21:10 - Ken Williams
21:20 - Rick Bedell
21:30 - Michael Brandt
21:40 - Emil Dmello
21:50 - Salathiel Saldana
22:00 - Emily Hansford

2017-02-06

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2017-02-06


19:20 - Larry Forte
"Lonesome Trail" 


19:30 - Darius Phelps is MAXIM
"Poem 002" 
About how awful it is to work in a call center.

"Poem 003"
Chickens Don't Swim, They Drown.

Maxim has a show tomorrow at The World Famous, hhe's the featured artist.

19:43 - Shannon Lichet NO SHOW
Andrew Linden
"Song 004"

"Society's Fall"

19:51 - Hello Kitty Kat
Having some signal set-up issues to start out. Uh-oh! ABORT!

19:57 - Jack Reed
Picking up for Hello Kitty Kat.
"Song 006"
A sad indie-style song. Jack sounds good, but there's no hook FOR the audience in this song. I understood the words porcelain & time. It's not awful. It is hard to understand the words.

"Song 007"
Jack is a nice guy who dresses very badly for every performance. This sucks for him. He's walking the fretboard like a champ on this song, but all any prospective fan might remember is that he's get a GIANT white forehead sticking out prominently at the audience from under a dumpy knit cap that hides all of his hair from across the top of the crown of his head like a girl's bonnet, and over the straight brow frame of his black glasses, containing eyes that the audience can not see open over the course of 2 songs. I know it's bright up there, but it's like he playing in a room all alone, like the audience isn't here, like we don't have a relationship to him. Also dressed in darker greys in front of a black curtain. Screams 'Jay' from Jay & Silent Bob.
Jay from the movie Clerks

20:00 - Katie Collins
"Song 008"
Not bad, but no hook to recall. Some woman in the audience lets loose an inappropriately histrionic scream at the end of the song that misdirects all attention away from Katie. I was startled out of clapping to look to see who was hurt.

A cover.
"Song 009"
More bad screaming from that one socially inept audience member.

20:19 - Hill Ary
"Song 010"
A short song that has a spooky feel to it, but is not halloweeny.

Has slanted swishy bangs that don't hide her face, and a hat with a burgundy-red circular brim that makes a great frame on stage.

"Song 011"

20:28 - Zach Parks
"Song 012"
OK. Interesting gravel voice. Stays exactly same during every line of this song.

"Song 013"
Wearing matte black jean jacket & black knit cap. Just like Jack, a mistake, especially for this stage. Plays left-handed.

20:30 - John Stevicks
That's [stee-viks].
A fresh fish, total newbie.
"Song 014"
Woo, good job! He's a pharmacy student, married, his wife is here. I like this as much as Hill Ary's Song 010 tonite.

"Song 015"

20:44 - Paul Edgar
It's been a while since we've heard him here.
Mal Blum's song.
"Song 016"
Swell.

"Song 017"
Uh-oh, at the start of this song he loses track of the microphone's location. I don't think he's got this one completely memorized. It sounds off-pitch. Yeah, he's completely struggling with this one. That's unlike him.

20:54 - David Lococo
"The Shadow Of Your Smile"
Song to a backing track on his phone. Jeez, David Lococo sounds as good as a member of The Rat Pack, and his track is quality!. David outperforms expectations consistently. Also needs an outfit. Dark clothes & glasses hanging from the middle of his shirt don't match the quality of his sound at ALL.

A Frank Sinatra song,
"Funny That Way"
Swell, I can't tell it's not Frank, almost.

21:05 - Salathiel Saldana
"Song 020"
Salathiel is playing a dobro. This song sound better on it. It's a guitar that sounds a lot more like a banjo.

He says something to audience I can't hear 'cuz it's too quiet.
"Song 021"

21:13 - Emily Hansford
3rd fret capo.
"Song 022"
She's doing fine here. I notice that the mic stand with arm is above, while she plays seated, so the arm must angle down about 15 degrees. This make it harder to take good pictures of the performer. Another item for the Open Mic Nite Checklist!

About insomnia, her most recent song.
"Song 023"
4th fret capo.

21:23 - Stanley Miller
"Song 024"
Lovely, but very soft-palate-y, I think. Some of the low-pitch notes have such low volume, they can't be heard as well. The other qualities are nice.

21:29 - Tyler & Crystal
Uh-oh, they brought back the darn MacBook Air. They don't need that thing.

A straight-ahead cover of
"Landside"
3rd fret capo. It's alright, but not nearly as successful as everyone else who covers this song from memory. We all know the words, why do you need that laptop? You don't know the song as well as a general audience does? Aw, it's a barrier, not a help. ooo, Crystal is doing this unsettling eyes rolling around looking from one side of the rafters to the other. That's not where the audience is, and shows you're NOT OK with this song.

Covers
"Valerie"
by that one drug-abusing singer who overdosed to death really young. What was her name? I forget. I guess that's one of the bad points of covering another artist, you'll remind the audience of the original artist, and if they died tragically, that's the memory you're provoking, like-it-or-not.
Both wearing drab heather grey.

21:40 - Brooks Dixon
His own song.
"Song 027"
ahhh, excellent content in this song, it has story & meaning for an audience. A compelling driving strum rhythm too! A solid hook. And there's a phrase that's almost a cry-break, but not, that Brooks does right.

Has a show in April at Terrapin Brewery.

"Down Low"
4th fret capo. It's good, he can be proud of this. Need to get him more than a free t-shirt to perform in.

21:48 - Rick Bedell
"Flute And Guitar Improvization 029"
This one has fine, in-sync ending.

"Flute And Guitar Improvization 030"
David Lococo does an hip hard strum during this session. Dave's phone goes off near the end, I can't tell if it happens before or after the finish.

22:00 - Upstate Rubdown

NO SHOW
Hello Kitty Kat
"Song 031"
I try to get a good picture of Jimmy, but he's like 2.8m farther back from the front of the stage than he needs to be. I can't get around the piano to the left. These arm mic stands kind of wipe out an entire horizontal view area of the artist even when the central pipe is all the way at the bottom.

"Song 032"

2017-01-30

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2017-01-30

19:29 - Larry Forte
"Can My Guitar Go To Heaven"
Missing a verse?

"One Drunk Down"

Larry Forte's music on iTunes

19:34 - Hello Kitty Kat
"Song 003"
"Song 004"

19:46 - Jon Croxton
"Invisible Woman"
Jon Croxton has an original Apple Computer logo sticker on his guitar, on the side of the body, above where the neck joins the body. This is a well-written song, a fun one. He's straining a little more than he needs to on the pitch, but he doesn't go off the rails. With a little more practice, and some performance coaching, he'd be a good add to a band's live act.

"Song 006"
Raw material for a great song. Sounds like he's a tenor shaving some trouble with the high end of his range. I think he'd benefit from the kind of warm-up vocal chord exercises that choirs do before a performance.

19:54 - Rob Derrick
Plans to sing 2 originals tonite. Starts with some good chat to crowd.

"Song 007"
Jon Croxton loans his guitar to Rob Derrick. Rob's having some moderate pitch trouble. He's playing with a cold, and has some excellent crowd chat about that.

"Song 008"
Starts with an awesome rhyme. Good writing, I want to hear him when he's not sick though. Mic isn't quite by his mouth. I gotta remember to add "excellent mic placement" to the pre-song Open Mic Nite Success Checklist.

20:01 - Katie Collins
"More Black"
Her own composition. All verse, no chorus, no hook, down in tone.

A cover of Tori Amos
"iieee"
What a weird song title.

20:10 - Garret Lott
2nd fret capo. From Maysville, GA, next to Commerce. Plays Chris Stapleton's
"Fire Away"
Ah, he's good. A sad song performed well. Best thing yet tonite. Note to self: audience doesn't care if you played on original or a cover. They care for a great performance.

Luke Combs cover
"When It Rains It Pours"
This is good too. I know the lights are bright up there, but I'd like to see him look up more, sing TO the audience.

20:20 - Russell Edwards
1st fret capo, using a travel-size wedge guitar.
"Deep River Blues"
I liked it generally. Needs more practice, and some more soul. I see a spark of soul there.

"Granada"
Sung acapella. Cool, big finish.

20:30 - Christy Fox

Liam Parke, Rick Bedell, and RUMSFELD are all here, but they aren't on the list...Perhaps they might join David Lococo later?

Leonard Cohen's
"Dance Me To The End Of Love"
2nd fret capo.

"Oncoming Train"
1st fret capo. This song is too long by 1 or 2 verses.

Andrew Payne just walked in the back door.

20:40 - Sam Ray NO SHOW

Emily & Will of Blackwater Deep (minus Andrew Payne)

"Song 017"
She's reading the words from a smartphone, I recon that's probably the 1st taste of that song in public anyone's had. The part with the 'hey' near the end suggests it's gonna be a future audience participation song.

"Song 018"

20:50 - David Lococo NO SHOW
Andrew Linden
Plays Bob Dylan's
"Blowin' In The Wind"
Sings the chorus differently than anyone ever has before. This is best thing I've heard Andrew play! It's interesting, it cancels the audience's ability to sing along. That's fine.

"Society's Fall"
I like this writing.

21:00 - Salathiel Saldana
He looks good tonite. His face is glowing. Wearing dark clothes that disappear in front of those black Hendershot's curtains. Gotta add that as advice to the Open Mic Checklist. Costume contrast. It's subtle, not obvious. I wore black myself the last time I played here.
"Song 021"
Wow, the crowd falls silent for a moment listening to his fingerpicking tonite. I don't know what he's doing differently, but he's just better tonite. Maybe lucky argyle socks?

A song he took 1.5 years to write. Is this the first public performance? Salathiel says he finished it recently. It's about this time he met a woman, and didn't tell her his name, 'cuz it's difficult.
"Midstream"
I think Salathiel might turn into a songwriting monster if he learned about scriptwriting; story structure & narrative arc.

21:05 - Emily Hansford
Also in a black outfit.
An original, about insomnia, with a 4th fret capo.
"Song 023"

I think Jessica Srdar just arrived, I think I recognize her from before. I just noticed Greg Benson at a table behind me.

"Entitled"
Ah, it's a torch song! I envision this with a backup band, and with Emily burning down the descending lines.

Kicking myself, I just realized I had a perfect opportunity to get Garret's e-Mail address. Need to add a "bring new artist profile-contact card" item to Open Mic Nite Checklist. I prefer to have the best musician's address book in Athens...

21:15 - Jared Long
Graduating college in a few months.

"Poem 025"
FUCKING AWESOME! 1-(800)-I-KILL-WOMEN-AND-CHILDREN
@WheelchairSniper666

21:20 - Jessica Srdar
"Song 026"

Duet with Jay Bowers
"Goin' To Jackson"
By Johnny Cash & Roseanne Cash.

21:31 - Liam Parke
"Song 028"

"Sarah Jane"
A song about some long-gone real people.

21:47 - Nina Nunet
Nina is from Argentina.
Regina Spector's
"How"

"Song 031"

21:58 - Greg Benson
"Song 032"
"Song 033"

2017-01-23

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2017-01-23

Tonite I'm trying to use a goseneck clamp to hold up my smartphone to take pictures with. Hopefully that will capture clearer images,

19:34 - Larry Forte
"Can My Guitar Go To Heaven"
This is a good performance, and Larry has done this one a lot.

"One Drunk Down"

19:39 - SASHA
"Poem 003"
"Space Pickle"

19:44 - A.M. Rodriguez
He's from Savannah, GA
"Song 005"
2nd fret capo. He's bending his neck to the right really far like it's broken, when playing. Sounds like he's trying to squeeze all sound out his throat by squeezing his neck like an orange with his throat muscles. This song is written pretty well.
There's a singer-songwriter happy hour in Savannah that he likes to bring in other musicians to.

"Song 006"

I've got the gooseneck clipped to my laptop, and that's sitting on the long thin tall desk along the brick exterior wall of Hendershot's. I've discovered the table wobbles away from the wall a little bit, and that translates into a large movement of the gooseneck. But I can kinda hold it still-ish if I press the the table against the wall.

A.M.'s big cowboy hat & tattoos has given the audience something more to look at than usual. They keep much quieter than usual, but as this song drags on into what feels like it's 12th verse, he starts to loose them, they start talking louder.

19:50 - Matt Linden
Matt Linden is playing the house piano tonite.

"Inspired By Mania"
This has good writing.

"Hit Somebody"
Matt manages to play the upright almost as loud as his powered synth. This song would also sound good with a "slightly out-of-tune honky-tonk piano" MIDI voice.

20:08 - Andrew Linden
"Armageddon"

I suspect that even if the gooseneck moves the smartphone camera a little bit as the capture takes place, it still produces a better picture that if it is hand-held, as hands & fingers move the camera in fast rotation ways that the gooseneck does not.

"The Mask"
Quiet punk rock. Andrew needs to sing out more, not just whisper. This a pretty good song, it could use some additional musicians to help, bass & drum for sure.

20:16 - Cory Jolly & Brent Davenport
Cory is on guitar. Brent is on mandolin.
This song is about a singer-songwriter's woes.
"Amy's Song"
Oh, jeez, slick, early on, the mic arm in front of Cory starts to rotate the microphone lower, so Brent step away from his mic & tightens the knob on Cory's mic stand, and they keep the song going without missing a beat! Proof positive these guys are ready for festivals.

"Bury Me Beneath The Willow"
A traditional bluegrass song. A wonderful performance.

20:20 - David Lococo
Cover of America's
"If"

A Beetles cover
"Song 014"
David nails this cover, which is hard, because EVERYONE knows this one.

But I miss most of that, because a booker for The Iron Factory comes to ask me to play on April 1 to open for a cover band! He was here last week, and heard my set, the one I did with a keyboard for the very first time.

20:30 - Tom Littlejohn
"The End"
Tom sound great here, and he's singing high notes very well.

"Hold Me"
This is an excellent composition for a crooner to sing. Tom sounds really good here, but he's looking at the floor, not the audience. I'd prefer to see him backed up by a band so that he can just sing, and play with the audience on this song.

20:44 - Paul Edgar NO SHOW
Sam Lane
Sam taught a class recently.
"Poem 017"
He's got a great voice. And he's a crystal-clear speaker. Diction good enough for news broadcasting.

"I Miss The Deep South"
An excellent work, and he did it all from memory. Good poet, take a merit.

20:50 - Katie Collins
"I See Fire"
Katie Collins is swell on this performance, and the audience is as quiet as they ever get. I can understand more of the words she pronouncing in her operatic style than before. This would sound great with a string quartet to go along with it. Even students doing homework twist around to watch.

By The Dresden Dolls, Katie's a big fan of Amanda Palmer.
"Good Day"

21:02 - Looper Nova
Oh boy, it's Mike Dyer on a sequencer, & Brent Davenport on a bass guitar!
"Song 021"

They're playing a show Friday nite at Flicker.
"Song 022"
Funky groove played live. It could only get cooler if they got CLOSER together while playing, and Brent wasn't hidden next to the piano. They could even go back-to-back, it would look great. These guys need costumes.

21:10 - Emily Hansford
"Song 023"
4th fret capo. Emily asks for extra reverb for this song, and that's great match for the long vowel riffs in this song. It's a slow, saddish-song, but it won't leave you depressed. Good composition. It sounds like the slow-down song you play during your outdoor concert.

Emily wrote this song a couple of years ago, and she thinks it's fun to play.
"Song 024"
3rd fret capo. She has an excellent interaction with the audience in between, before & after songs. Now for the curmudgeon advice:look at the audience, you know these songs by heart, so stand up to play, and need a costume too, doesn't need to be a gimmick, but something other than "I'm going to geography class now". This song was great, but the crowd starts to talk a little more at the end because they have no visual stimulation.

21:20 - Rick Bedell
Tags Katie Collins & David Lococo to help out.
"Flute Improvisation With Piano & Guitar 025"
Jeez, each one of these guys is good. I need to learn to improvise so I can play like them. They could totally score a movie, if needed.

21:32 - Liam Parke
"The Lovely, Lovely, Lochs Of Mount Shannon"
This an original song that he plays with his band, Repent At Liesure. I need to get Liam to memorize at least SOME of his music, so he can play standing up. And then I need to get him to wear a kilt when he performs, to really capture the audience's attention. And then, if he would just do a side-to-side two-step, he'll keep their attention.

"So Long Mary Ann"
Liam says he's never played this song in public before. It's OK, needs to be shorter. Sorry Liam! I know it's about your broken heart, but this song is like 6600 verses long. There must be a red light shining on his face, Liam's face looks fire-engine red.
There is one recording of the full performance of this song that performed in 1993 in Oslo, Norway on YouTube. OK.


21:40 - A Threat To Residents
Playing with a guitar & a bass.
"Song 0028"

Covers Weezer
"Say It Ain't So"
This is pretty good, even if the guitarist who does all the singing has trouble hitting the notes. It would be better if we could see at least SOME of his face through his hair. Also, he's up & down and not where the microphone is .

21:50 - Mitchell Powers NO SHOW

Crystal & Tyler
Excellent cover of Fleetwood Mac's
"Dreams"
Using a MacBook to read the lyrics. This sounds great, but this song is so well known, you should know it by heart. The laptop computer while seated totally hides you from the audience, and makes this into a very good recital instead of an excellent performance.

"Song 031"
A good composition. Tyler's playing, but the mic isn't close enough to him, he has to lean far for it.. His harmony is good here, need to hear it more. They clearly had fun here.

22:00 - Trey Wood
Gary Clark Jr.'s
"Things Are Changin'"
Trey's voice sounds good here, but there doesn't seem to be a hook.

"Tennessee Whiskey"
1st fret capo. Trey stands up to play this one. This one is much better than his first song. He should dump the Gary Clark song, it's a loser for him. Ahhh yeah, he raps on the face of the guitar near the end, it sound great.

He's on SoundCloud.

2017-01-16

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2017-01-16

19:30 - Larry Forte
"Freight Train"

19:30 - Stanley Miller NO SHOW

Annie Paisley
"By Guitar & Candlelight"
A hippie singer outta the timestream. Good for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"Forever On Tomorrow"
Is a song like a fairy tale within a fairy tale within a fairy tale. Not terrible. But it is kinda long. Well, Paul hasn't shown up yet, so I guess that puts us back on time?


19:57 - Paul Edgar NO SHOW

Jared Long
"Poem 004"
Reciting from the page an opinion article that he should have memorized. Bad delivery, the crowd just talks over them, as though his speech was just another coffee shop conversation they aren't a part of. This might go over better with a techie crowd. When he says the word "atheist" though, the crowd gets quieter.

20:01 - Andy Morehead
"Song 005"
This is improving, he's singing out the notes more.

"Song 006"
I think this one is new.

20:07 - Katie Collins
A song also sung by Hurt
"The Old Mission"

"Song 008"

20:20 - Captain Ace Frahm
"All Along The Watchtower"

"VOLTRON"

20:29 - Jessica Srdar

Has an entourage who cheers for her.
"You Will Come Through"
An original.

"R-E-S-P-E-C-T"
Jessica has her sheet music on the stage floor in front of her. I guess that doesn't block the view of her to the audience, but I don't think she actually needs them at all. Good job. Her one friend is completely out-of-range of the rest of the audience.

20:37 - Jay Bowers
A song by George Strait
"Give It Away"

"You Are My Sunshine"

20:46 - David LoCoco on piano
with Rick Bedell, Liam Park, Liam Parke, and Joey Quiggins

The Beetles'
"Let It Be"
Sounds like they've had zero practice, and none but the piano player & Quiggins have practiced it alone. That was bad, but at least they tried to collaborate. That's more than I can say for The Federation team I'm on in a Star Trek game I'm playing.

"Hey, Jude"
Also quite bad. It doesn't matter, the crowd likes the ending anyway... It's more fun if you're personally familiar with these guys.

20:59 - Rick Bedell
with Joey Quiggins
and that piano player moves to an accoustic-style gutiar.
"Flute, Electric And Acoustic Guitars Improvisation 017"
Acoustic guitar face is tapped upon and played just a bit here. LoCoco whole-hand smacks the strings while fretting a chord often during this song. Sounds like they might be following a 12-bar blues pattern? But I can't be sure without trying it out later.

Joey claims that when playing with Rick last nite, somebody called the cops on them.
"Gimmie One Reason: On Flute, Electric And Acoustic Guitars"
David LoCoco sings here. This is the best thing played so far tonite.

21:10 - Mitchell Powers
Has a band called "The Powers" with his brother, his cousin, and his cousin's brother, who are all Powers.
On 2017-02-24 The Powers have a show at Live Wire, up the street about 3-4 blocks.
"Tapping On Glass"

"Even If It Kills Me"
Mitchell is good, but after Rick Bedell got done, the crowd is louder than ever tonite. This song is a great composition.

21:0 - Emily Hansford22
"Song 021"
2nd fret capo. Emily performs this boring song very well.

"Song 022"
Also a 2nd fret capo song. I'll have to listen to this one on the recording, 'cause the crowd is in a conversation loudness race condition.

21:32 - Zach Parks
"Song 023"
He sounds like Hank Williams Jr..

Joined by a lady, if they mentioned her name, I can't hear it over the crowd.
"Song 024"

21:30 - Mac McComb
Brought a harmonica holder & a hi-hat. And he's using a bass drum's pedal mallet facing backwards on a box drum that he's using for a seat. It's a neat-o set-up.
"Just Another Day"
About the monotonous life that college students live. He's recorded this one in a studio.

"Song 026"
Capo 3. I like the gothic feel of this song. Jeez, this is great!

21:40 - Liam Parke
as GENERATIONS, since Liam is playing with Joey Quiggins
"Song 027"

"Song 028"

I just talked to Rick Bedell, He says he's got 2-3 flute makers that he gets flutes from, but all they make are pentatonic scale chords in minore keys. So if I want him to play a certain flute solo, he may not even be able to play the exact notes with a given flute. This could force a creative change.

GENERATIONS has a show on Wednesday from 19:00-22:00 @ The Foundry in Athens.
21:50 - Alex Edrington is the guitarist part of this band, Sojoürn
"Song 029"
They're playing their hearts out.

"My Sweetest Memory"
Sojoürn's Facebook Page

Book Sojoürn

I think I overheard Mac say he's a political science major.

22:00 - Mark & Petty
One of 'em has a mandolin.
"Song 031"
The mandolin player wiggles all over like he's been dropped on a giant hot skillet.

"Song 032"
Guitar's on a 2nd fret capo, at least on this song. OK background music, has a steady beat, you could dance to i.

2017-01-09

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2017-01-09


19:20 - Larry Forte
did not play tonite.

19:30 - Jackson Gafford
Had some feedback issues, first time here. It'll be nicer next time, I can tell.

19:42 - Reno Roberts
From Alabama.
Nice sad western song.
"Song 003"
2nd fret capo.

A song about being too sad to move.
"Song 004"
I think this is a 1st fret capo. It has a good climax before the solo break.

19:55 - Cory Jolly and Brent Davenport

Cory is on the left, playing the guitar. Brent is on the mandolin.
"Song 005"
This song is about the time they went to see Paul McCartney's son play. He seemed like a snob on stage. They're terrific! Hot rock 'n roll mandolin action. Soaring kick-ass harmonies.

"___ Dream"
Hmm, this song is a little too long, it has the same chords throughout.

Without having heard the rest of their set list, I'd be looking for a strong hook, and some songs that are good for audience participation.

20:06 - Katie Collins
An original.
"Song 007"
A hook-free torch song.

A cover song.
"Dirty Diana"
Cool. It's neat to hear the way Katie places the emphasis in different places than other performers. I've never heard a piano-based cover of this before. Clean finish, hard to do 'cuz the original just fades out on the album.

20:17 - Timothy O'Connell NO SHOW
Joe Orr
"Song 009"
The song says 'I'm a rebel!', but his outfit & haircut screams 'I'm here to fix your internet!'. This is a pretty good song, well written. Needs to be sung by somebody with a chainsaw for vocal chords.

A song about finding porn in the woods.
"Song 010"
This is excellent writing too. He's too far from the microphone, though.

20:28 - Jessica Srdar
"Song 011"
Good fist time performance here.

"You __ __"
All verse, no chorus. The audience has nothing to remember or sing for themselves later about this song. It reads more like a church song than anything else. The guitar playing & singing is strong, but the writing is not as good as she is at performance.

20:38 - Zac Crook
"Classic (Seed?)"
3rd or 4th fret capo. Zac has a David Cassidy haircut & jacket-shirt. It looks good on him.

"Segue 2"
He's keeping his eyes closed the whole time. Even during the lyric inside this song that says 'look you straight in the eyes".

20:50 - Rick Bedell
"Flute Improvisation 015"

Katie Collin joins Rick Bedell for this one.
"Flute & Piano Improvisation 016"
Swell! I can't do that.

21:01 - Jay Bowers
Trying to facetime this to his mom, Cynthia. A Chris Stapleton cover.
"Nobody To Blame"
Best song yet tonite.

Jeff Buckley's
"Hallelujah"
First song tonite that the audience could possibly sing along any part of.

21:11 - Andrew Payne
His partners in crime are here, but not joining him on stage tonite.

"Ants Marching Into A Fire"
Excellent job, considering the crowd is talking loudly. Hooray!

"Song 018"

21:21 - Emily Hansford
A song about finding friends who make you feel like a person.
"Song 019"

"Couldn't Love You More"

21:31 - Andy Morehead
A song about existential angst.
"Song 020"
Hey, not so bad! I bet I could whip this into a rock 'n roll composition.

A song for his roommate.
"Song 021"

21:39 - Liam Parke
"Song 022"
A song about his lost dog.

"True Love Never Ends"
Pretty good for Liam, no popping this time.

21:50 - Rumsfeld
With a MacBook Air tonite.
"Song 024"

22:01 - Abbey Tomlin
A song written in high school when she was really stressed out.
"Song 025"

"Song 026"
Capo 1

22:00 - Juliana Money
"Song 027"
Long dark bangs & high-contrast lipstick make her look great on camera, her look is rock-star-ready. Her voice is like a not-overly-sweet syrup that you almost-but-not-quite need to shake the bottle to get it to pour at room temperature. This song uses a very high fret capo.

Another song about the same guy.
"Song 028"
8th fret capo. The first song used capo on an even higher fret.

2017-01-02

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2017-01-02


19:32 - Larry Forte
"Lonesome Trail"

19:36 - Adam Cooper
With harmonica.
"Down Home Girl"
Good!

"The Ballad Of Liquor & Love"
3rd fret capo. Has a clever ending.

19:45 - Haley Beach
Covers Corinne Bailey Rae's
"Put Your Records On"
With a 3rd fret capo. Wonderful! Good song choice.

Haley is fascinated by the dry west, by deserts, and how things can grow there despite being so dry. She says Joshua Trees grow sideways with the wind if they have to, and that's the inspiration for this song.
"Joshua Tree"
5th fret capo.

19:50 - Andrew Linden
Andrew says it's about marriage.
"Song 005"
He said the name, I missed it.

Covers The Who
"Pinball Wizard"

20:00 - Katie Collins
Covers a band called Hurt.
"Alone By The Sea"

An original about her own demons.
"Monster"

20:10 - Jay Margolis

"Song 009"
It's like an 8 or 9th fret capo.

A song about going home, but you can't really go home.
"Song 010"

20:20 - Daniel (Mapp?)
Written in spring of 2016, about the gulf between African Americans and the culture they live in.
"Poem 011"

I can't tell, did he switch to a different poem?

"Poem 012"
Couldn't hear him over the rain on the roof.

20:27 - Connor Gruver
"Song 013"
Yay, he's using head voice! And it's OK. A sad song though.

A cover of some sort
"Song 014"

20:37 - Jay Bowers
Plays Eric Clapton
"Lay Down Sally"
Not bad, but the short cold stops are bit weird for this song.

and John Legend
"All Of You"

20:50 - Liam Parke nope! It's Andy Moorehead instead
"Song 017"
Andy's got a smaller guitar than average, but it's not a sub-compact.

"Song 018"

20:52 - Emily Hansford
"I Could Love You More"
3rd fret capo. Well, not terrible, but she usually plays it better than tonite.

In 8th grade she got a guitar in December, and played the school talent show in March.
A cover.
"Song 020"
1st fret capo.

21:10 - A Threat To Residents NO SHOW
Stanley Miller
"Song 021"
"Song 022"

21:15 - Benjamin (Hinesman)
"Miles Away"
"Song 024"
This poor guy, his playing isn't too off, but his singing is way off pitch.

21:21 - Julianna Money
"Song 025"
"Song 026"

21:30 - Joseph Mosman NO SHOW

21:34 - (Luke Rushing?)
2nd fret capo.
"Song 027"
This song is repetitive, and I can't make out the words. Also, too long.

"Song 028"
Also with a 2nd fret capo.

21:40 - Cortez Garza
"Song 029"
"Song 030"

21:50 - Grant Cowan
"Song 031"
"Song 032"

22:00 - Reno Roberts
"So It Goes"
Strong lungs. Good strumming.

"Song 034"
4th fret capo. A nihilistic song he wrote while high at a canyon that attracted all kinds of crime.
This is nicer than modern country-pop.

Creepy Simon Sinek Smears Generation Y And Confuses Them With Millenials

There's a bad video of a deepak chopra-like white dude smearing Gen Y going around. He's a worthless lout with hazy pseudoscience ideas about business he's been huckstering in "business" books. He's not "insightful". He's counter-productively wrong, frequently. So here's a blog post you can use to counter that stupid "IQ" video if it ever rears it's ugly face on your facebook feed.
The offensive smear video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeAtNduPFmI

Well, I'm gonna be a critical-thinking curmudgeon about what simon sinek says in this here video. I'd advise you to question what I think about him too (and tell me so!, share! share!).

First off, sinek doesn't even know the correct timing of generations.

Generation X is the one that built the internet (World Wide Web). They are the first generation for whom the American Dream was not at least as equally available or better than it was for their parents. For a lucky few, the dot-com boom worked out. For the rest, they earn a great deal less, and have no retirement savings or plans. All generations so far that follow Generation X suffer the same lack of opportunities problem.

Generation Y is the one that has never known a time without an internet. Generation Y is the one sinek is actually smearing and he incorrectly identifies them as Millennials.

Millennials are ALL born after the turn of the century, 2000-01-01. Although the most important event delineating their generation from Gen Y is post-2001-09-11, the terrorist attack, of course. Small-minded sinek can't have a worthwhile opinion of managing them, they've only begun to go to work at all.

His statements are ageist nonsense, and have a lot in common with class war statements of the rich against the poor. For example, a billionaire who got rich through inheritance claims of his own hard-working full-time employees earning poverty-level wages:"They're lazy & entitled!".

sinek's smears amount to an over-generalized case of the "fundamental attribution error". He doesn't actually understand the perfectly rational behaviors & motivations of others, so he presumes they have inherent character flaws.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundamental_attribution_error

The right-wing commonplace behavioral & emotional stereotype of Generation Y seems to ONLY apply to wealthy, healthy, white suburban children, who are only a fraction of Generation Y. Poor whites, and minorities of any kind, who are the majority of the people born at that time, strongly don't have anything at all in common with those attributes.
The_commonplace_stereotypes_are_invalid_for_the_majority_of_Generation_Y

Also, his mannerisms have all the hallmarks of a creep. He acts like steve jobs did, and steve jobs was stealing from & abusing his own employees for his whole putrid life. I would not be at all shocked to discover at a later time that sinek is a serial rapist or something awful like that.

Gen Y could respond that their behavior is perfectly adapted to the environment they experience. They will never get more for their work than they get the moment they are hired. No raises will EVER come for them. Getting paid well to start with is a MUST for them. Gen X & Y are smarter and more creative than any who came before Gen X, but it's the pre-Gen X oldsters who control the levers of power, and wield them against Gen X and below. It's the power disparity that Gen Y deals with even more effectively than Gen X can.

Gen Y is so diverse that they defy such stupid stereotypes as sinek's dumb opinions. Perhaps they are better defined as the 1st generation whose commentators-analyzers are uniformly bad at defining them, possibly even including myself here. Gen Y perhaps doesn't have such strong-trending stand-out characteristics by which you could successfully stereotype them, even as a handful of sub-groups, and this is why sinek fails. Digital natives. Superior to their predecessors, but dispossessed of power equal to the predecessors. As numerous as the baby boomers, it is a fool's errand to characterize them as flippantly as the idiot sinek does.

IQ? A fake show with a nobody host no one has ever seen or heard of before? Not the slightest bit of critical thinking from the interviewer?

Also, facebook is a MISTAKE. 2+ hours later, and now I'm writing this into a separate blog post, oh boy! Good-bye, my weekend!

2016-11-28

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-11-28

19:28 - Larry Forte
"Freight Train, Freight Train"
Very good whistling here tonite!
by [Elizabeth Cotton?]

"One Drunk Down"
A very good, solid performance of this Larry Forte standard tonite.

Larry Forte on YouTube
Larry Forte on iTunes

19:34 - Lauren Sigler
"Mountain"
I can't tell whether Lauren is the guitarist or the singer.
Wow, her voice sounds great. But she doing a horrible rocking forward and back that brings her mouth out of range of the microphone, making it loud & soft 3-5 times in a single sentence, in a way that isn't part of singing it well, unintentionally. She doing great, her nervousness is unjustified.

I think the guitarist is Bonnie.

OW! They only had 1 single song! That screws up the entire schedule, making it too early from the very 1st act! But not quite... Larry's 19:28 plus 2 Forte songs instead of just 1 tonite, actually puts us right back on schedule.
Plus I can't take a picture of them now, since there's no second song.

19:40 - Jade Malcom
"Song 003"
On piano. Well, he's got a sheet with 12 stanzas on it. The chords are basic, and that's OK. He's playing them well enough. His singing though seems to be mono-pitch. Every syllable is the same pitch.

Jade's got a 2nd page about the same as the first, a second song.
"Song 004"
ooo, Too bad, this one is about the same as the 1st one. Well, a 1st time performer's got to learn somehow. 1st time's hard on a performer emotionally. And the crowd is loud. Sorry Jade, much like sex, the first time's not all it's cracked up to be. Keep having some, it gets better, I promise. Open Mic Nite, that is.

Jade needs melody in his singing, rhyme, hooks, and chorus

19:50 - Somotochukwu Godwin-Offor NO SHOW

19:52 - Larry Forte
"Lonesome Trail"

19:55 - Katie Collins
Ah, yes, the good piano player.
Plays Nancy Sinatra's
"Bang Bang"

"Soldier's Eyes"
OK, so early on during this song, her sheet slips behind the piano's music ledge, falling 30 degrees or so from vertical to the left. A harsh shadow from the microphone is falling across it, yet the audience has no idea, as she keeps playing without any detectable difference.

20:10 - Zach Bradley
2 originals
"In Between"

"Draggin' In My Head"
About sleeping too much, and not getting things done.

He's strong in both strumming & singing. Got the plaintive white boy with guitar sound down. Could fit right in in Pearl Jam.

20:20 - Paul Edgar NO SHOW

(20:14 actual) - Reggie Hudgins
Is that a straight brass clarinet? Or a soprano sax?
"Song 010"
"Song 011"
I think he said this song is called Aton's Idol but I'll have the listen to the recording. Not too bad for a 1st timer. A little off here & there, but he's not a newbie with that pipe.
Cool, he does a little slow scat extra before he gets off the stage too, make me want to hear him sing "How Are Things In Glocca Morra"

20:30 - Avery Deakins
Covers a GREASE tune.
"Hopelessly Devoted"
Super-slick Avery. Without flaw.

"Song 013"
A song about drunk's courage. Not bad. I don't feel a hook in it though.
Avery needs backup, and a better stage outfit than that worn-out plaid shirt.

20:40 - Jay Bowers
Covers The Eagles'
"Take It Easy"
3rd fret capo.

This song won the 2016 CMA's.
Rory McKenna wrote this song, Tim McGraw made it popular.
"Song 015"
Well, he played it straight through, even though an older man at the front table was listening to a phone call on loudspeaker the whole time. But it was up to his ear, so I think he needed it just to be able to hear it.

20:50 - Rick Bedell
In the key of D, probably D minor? According to Rick.
with Katie Collins on piano.
"Flute Improvisation With Piano 016"
This is working out pretty swell. A good Rick Bedell team-up.

"Flute Improvisation With Piano 017"
Jeez, can you believe the woman who just played this is wearing a Slipknot shirt?

21:00 - Robert Higgs
"Say What"

Some gross old dude in a cowboy hat walks in reeking of tobacco smoke.

3rd fret capo.
Covers Cheap Trick
"Surrender"

Robert is almost marching wth left & right weight shifting. This is nice, but Robert's voice is somewhat strained, breathy. I wish he could just sing a powerful tone.

21:10 - Salathiel Saldana
With a ukulele tonite!
"Song 020"

Salathiel switches to a guitar for this one.
"Song 021"
I don't know, if he could get rhyme & hook down at least, he might make a Christopher Cross-like hit.

21:18 - Rachel House
"Song 022"
A song about death that happens during a holiday.

21:30 - Michael Brandt
"Song 023"
Wow, jazz chords and he rhymed "irrelevant". When Micheal Brandt plays, he lifts up, almost standing upon his tip-toes, but he rolls his feet to the outside too, so he's standing on the outside of he's little toes, mostly. He wrote that song about power. He wrote it when his left ring finger got partly cut off. He begged the docs to reattach it, even though there was a risk of losing even more if it didn't work.

"Song 024"
Fuck yeah! Totally channeling Freddie Mercury on this song! Jezus, he's sliding to chords about 12 fret away over & over again, and hitting them.

21:37 - SASHA
"Poem 025"
"Poem 026"
"Poem 027"
"Poem 028"
"Poem 029"
This one's about a dead squirrel.

21:50 - OPEN
James "Moondog" Strickland
"Song 030"
Tapping technique and then fingerpicking on an acoustic body guitar. Stretches his left fingers across 6 frets to hit notes.

Takes such a long time tuning, nobody can tell that a distinct 2nd song has begun. I don't know, it sounds like practice to me.

22:00 - Stan The Blues Man NO SHOW

2016-11-14

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-11-14

There's at least 50 people here at Hendershot's tonite.
Wildfires in the area have had the entire county covered in white smoke for the past 3 days.
I expect our singers will have more trouble tonite than our instrumental only musicians.

19:25 - Larry Forte
"Green Grass"

19:30 - Larry Clinton
"Song 001"
"Whiskey In My Water"

19:40 - Katie Collins
"Loving Me"
Her shirt has a black background, with white skulls that have eyeballs, and red roses.
She's got a Broadway voice. A journeyman on the keys. Her powerful-person personality shows through while on stage. Let's elect her president!

"Song 004"
The performance of each of these pieces is good, but both songs are all-verse. The drama is strong. Both have solid endings. But the rhymes, well, I could detect any. They don't HAVE to rhyme, but we all know the #1 rule of songwriting, and the #2 rule:
  1. The song must rhyme.
  2. You can break all of the rules of songwriting at your peril:You should only do so if you get something BIG for it.

19:50 - Trace Colson
"Ain't No Sunshine"
Sung to backing track. Lounge-style.

"Cry Me A River"
Good job. Trace is wearing a flat black shirt. The background curtains of the Hendershot's stage are also flat black, so there's not much outfit to look at. I guess that's another hint for the "Open Mic Nite Pre-Flight Checklist".

20:00 - Andrew Linden NO SHOW
Li Booly
Li Booly on SoundCloud

Hiphop
"Song 007"
Cool backing track. Lotsa clever rhymes.

Li Booly plays this Wednesday, 2016-11-16 @ GO bar, which is 3 doors East, and on 2015-12-06 @ The World Famous.

20:10 - Zach Parks
It's hard to hear anyone on stage's words tonite. I think he said he's just had a break-up?
"The Short (graph?)"

"Song 010"
2nd fret capo. Zach Parks has a deep raspy voice, and sings with a Georgia accent. Zach also plays a left-hand guitar. !! Yeah, this song digs on the enmiserating minimum wage in america.

20:20 - Ary Jeau
Says Zach Parks is her fiance. Her boots have very, very sparkly ankles.
"Wolf Call"
This is a clever song, with musical howling in it, that works.

"Song 012"
A song about train tracks. Reminds me of KT Tunstall.

20:30 - This Space Intentionally Left Blank A NO SHOW, thankfully...
William Leveritte
"Song 013"
Instrumental. Good restaurant background music.

"Song 014"
William is awesome here, as usual. Is there ever anything usual about being awesome? I swear he shoulda been #1 crooner in Rio in the 1940's.

20:40 - Brittany Lynch
"Why Must"
Poem.

20:50 - Rick Bedell & Larry Clinton
"Flute & Guitar Improvization In The Key Of D"
It's good!

"Twin-V Flute Improvization With Guitar Face Percussion"

21:00 - Hello Kitty Kat
"Song 018"

"Betrayed"

21:10 - Emily Hansford
"Song 020"
An Emily Hansford original.

A cover, she used to play it a lot in high school.
"Song 021"
Capo 5.

21:20 - Jay Margolis
5th fret capo.
"Bird On The Wire"
Aw, Jay picked this song because the writer, Leonard Cohen, died this week.

A song about Mazzy Star.
"Song 023"
4th fret capo.

21:30 - Rob McCurry
Plays Paul Simon's
"Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes"
4th fret capo. If Rob McCurry rocked any softer, he'd be Air Supply. That's no complaint, it's good.

Rob's own song.
"The Sound"
6th fret capo. It's O.K., but not great. I can't tell if the hook is supposed to be I'm fallin' for you, or the sound. And the performance isn't *bad*, but:*I don't believe you mean it*. Gotta sell it like your dinner depends upon it. Rob McCurry strums while keeping his picking hand's pinky finger anchored against the pickguard, which helps him strum some of the strings without strumming them all at once. A powerful technique that makes his playing sound good.

21:40 - Jay Bowers
Covers Jay-Z
"99 Problems"
Funny, as a long-haired white guy, he sells it

Bob Dylan's
"Don't Think Twice It's Alright"

21:50 (21:37 actual) - Robert Higgs
We're way ahead of time tonite, by 13 minutes.
"This Song Is Only Here Because You're Not"
A song about his travels-for-work wife. 2nd fret capo.

"Pelican"
3rd fret capo. I see there's an outline of a pelican on his guitar, center-left of the bridge area. I'm not sure that image was there the last time I saw him play here. Pelicans must really be his thing. He rocks from left to right while playing.

22:00 - Stan The Blues Man
He puts on black glasses tonite for a change.
"Voodoo Child"
The slide & bend parts look fun to play. Wish I had an electric right now. Shucks, I should buy a soldering iron and build one. I already need one to fix my bike light.

"SONG"