I had a nice talk with Cortez Garza. He told me that he hosts the Wednesday nite Open Mic at "Live Wire", which had been called "Earth - (something)" until recently. He says a lot of the performers who come here tonite go there too. Too bad I have to work most Wednesdays, if I get one off by accident, I'll go. What a nice guy, Cortez has to work 2 jobs, and had to decide whether to ride his new cycle or practice music with what little time off is available. I know what those hard choices are like. He says I totally guessed the wrong titles of the 2 songs he played last week.
I also got to talk to Jason, the sound guy who handles the mixer & stage & lights when Patrick doesn't. Patrick's here, and we all talked about what it takes to connect external digital recorders to the mixer. It could be RCA, XLR, or 1/8" cables. It looks like a pair of 1/8" mono for left & right will be easiest & best Jason says he plays guitar & 2 other instruments too.
19:30 - Larry Forte "Friday Nite" "Lonesome Trail" --> Larry wants me to send him my recording **NOTE TO SELF** don't forget!
19:39 - Jenna Lee She is smiling & confident. oh, she's got a foot-tamborine-bells on.
19:47 - Matt Linden His first song is about a boxing match, in which "Boom-Boom Mancini" fights Bobby Jim Cole. "First You Slip"
19:50 - Cory Cromer & Andrew Payne. Andrew brought a banjo! "Polly, Oh Polly". Corey has this easy to hear tenor voice. Must be a new song to him, he can't quite remember all the lyrics. He says it's a 200 year-old murder ballad. I'll have to look that up, I think I'd like to try it.
20:06 - Rachel Morgan 2nd fret capo. Cover, "Don't Leave This World To Me" 4th fret capo. She wrote this 2nd song after watching an episode of "Supernatural". "We're Dancing With The Devil" This is a good song, good lyrics, runs slightly too long though, need to chop out one of the "oh, oh, oh" portions, it'll be perfect. Doing that "oh, oh, oh" twice doesn't add to the song since it has no lyrics & the melody is the same both times but this part is not the hook. Her guitar has a pretty design on it.
20:14 - Andrew Payne "Like The Rain" facebook/andewpayne http://www.andrewpaynemusic.com Covering John Lennon, "Had To Let It Go"
20:20 - Gilmore Jones 2 original songs, "Tears In Heaven", "You" This is pretty good, accapella as is, with just even one extra musician, a drummer or guitar would move these 2 songs from a raw demo composition into a complete song. Possibly needs drum track, some sequenced keyboards, & background vocals? Too hard to keep an even beat alone on such a long 2nd song without some of this extra support. Hey Gilmore! (He's sitting right next to me), try more structure (clear verse, clear rhyme, clear chorus, clear hook) in a slightly shorter song. Not complaints, just some curmudgenly advice. I think Gilmore could potentially generate a smash in time.
20:30 - Kevin Whitfield "I Finally Found My Best Friend" Playing here Friday at 20:00 with Clara. "Sailboat". He heard it on the radio on the way here tonite, decided to play it for certain.
20:40 - Rick Bedell
20:50 - Rumsfeld 2nd song: "Meaning Of The Square"
21:00 - Peter Imjai "Brothers" It seems he's part of Paco Trevino's social circle, so the coffee house is now packed with their friends.
21:10 - Paco Trevino & Katherine (Freeman?) "Lost Stars" Come on Jason, the guitar is too loud for her voice, bring her up & Paco's axe down. Though their friends are screaming applause in excess that they wouldn't get from a crowd of strangers, it was a nice song . This 2nd song "Chase The Sun" is more fun, peppy. With a wistling part she's doing well. Paco's not singing with compete confidence, and slightly off-pitch, it's still a good performance, but if they'd just get some practice and get it down pat, rock-solid, they'd be great, really really great.
21:20 - Melanie Morgan "Your Place In The Sun". "This One Is For You" She's presenting these very well tonite.
21:30 - Mark Katzman OK, this appears to be nothing but chords, I'm bored. There's nothing wrong with them, but there's nothing right with the composition either. Um, I guess you could use this as background music for something else though, so that's great. Yeah, you could use it that way,
21:37 - Stan Playing an electric with lots of delay but not overdrive. He can do tapping. Not bad, needs to be part of complete composition though. He used harmonics & feedback
21:45 - Jack Reed "Motion" Lucid Union:"Black Box"
21:55 - Erin Strand "If She Was Still In Love With Him", wrote it today.