Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2015-01-26

19:30 - James Griffith  Pretty good song construction
19:40 - Phillip Limerick  Sings like a quiet screamer.  Every word sounds like he's hurting his vocal chords to produce it.  Uniformly loud singing & strumming, only slightly even louder at the end.
19:50 - Adam Carter  The first song had an unclear ending, confusing the audience.  Confusing the audience like this is a no-no.  2nd song "The Good Old Days Are Never Getting Better"
20:00 - Rumsfeld  He's got his electronics box again tonite.  Not bad.
20:10 - Melanie Morgan  He accent is neat to listen to.
20:20 - Johnny Rowland  NO SHOW.  That's unlike him.  Here's a standby performer named Matt.  Lyrics include "The Book Of Life" and "I don't have a fucking clue", so it's pretty refreshingly honest.  He's got a great sounding tenor.  
Matt Kreisher

20:30 - Kevin Whitfield  "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You" cover, sweet & slow.  Ooo, Mashed-up with "Imagine" by John Lennon!  I didn't expect that.  2nd song "I Knew".
20:40 - Rick Bedell    Micheal on percussion.  
Micheal kept playing through into the 2nd  half, Rick picked up his twin-flute and kept going.
20:50 - Sarah Elizabeth  Strong brassy vocals.  Asked crowd to come close to the front.  Body of crowd is over by the bar instead.  No shrinking violet here.  soundcloud.com/selizabethmusic
2nd song "Strong As What I'm Drinking"
21:00 - Alex Young  Very animated while playing.  
21:10 - Gabby Graham & Samuel Dickinson  Quiet, easy listening.  My hands are freezing, is it my circulation, or the overhead vent blowing lots of cold air directly on me in the corner chair.  2nd song is a cover.  Never heard it before.  It's OK, but has no obvious hook.  Samuel's guitar seems to have a smooth sound, I wonder what make it is?  I think I'd like to try one out.  Strong finishing line.
21:20 - Josh Neese  Played 1 song
21:43 actual - Trey Yip.  Adding a capo to 1st fret for 2nd song.  Song is about this one time he was in Bangkok, a women stole his watch, so he stole her purse.
21:52 actual - Zack Bradley  1st song:"Serotonin".  (I can't tell if we just went to all stand-by acts for the rest of the nite or what.)   
On the wall is the art for Kishi Bashi's "Royal Daark Blend" of Jittery Joe's coffe.  Looks like Kishi Bashi's a new set of Kishi Bashi's art is on the wall, too, at least I don't remember them from last time.   

21:30 - Morgan  NO SHOW 
21:40 - William Leverett  NO SHOW

21:50 - Me & Gloria  3 piece band.  Guitar, Bass & Percussion, it's Micheal without a full drum set
22:00 - The Tuten Brothers  3 piece band also.  OOO, they're good.  Tenor lead singing brother is very strong.  Instruments &  vocals have very nice balance.  "Evergreen"  --> mashup with a few lines of "Man In The Mirror".  


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2015-01-05

19:30 - Austin Green  
19:40 - Emily Horton  

19:30 - Larry Forte  Our freindly host starts off.  I don't know if we're going to see Austin Green or Emily Horton at all . . . . I can't tell if they didn't show or got re-arranged.
19:40 actual - Freeman Leveritte, other project is Castaway, castaway.bandcamp.com  Big band sad boy sound, rather Morrisey-like.  Sultry strumming.  Too bad he's a smoker, and so yound.  Destrying the vocal chords which are his great treasure 2nd to his songwriting brain.  He asked Patrick Ware (Hendershot's resident sound guy) to give enough reverb to melt a face.  This is "dangerous", since the last time I was here, somebody joked that they wanted Led Zepplin levels, and Patrick warned them that he's the kind of guy who might give it, If he didn't know it was a joke.  I get the impression Patrick might have heard so much music over time that his hearing could be hurt.  I should get my hearing checked too, and protect it.

19:50 actual - Emily Horton  Her 2nd time playing here.  Nifty, plaintive delivery that sounds just like another famous female singer I don't know the name of, I'm gonna have to look it up later.  Voice is too quiet compared to guitar.  The mic is too high for her, but the mic is too far to front of the stage too, so feedback is a danger.  Her endings are not obvious enough as cold stops.  The audience can't tell whether another verse is coming, or if the song is over, so they are reluctant to clap.  The sound was quite beautiful, even if I can't tell what the words are.  I don't care.
19:50 - Philip Limerick  19:59 actual.  Sounds like the Gin Blossoms, I already like it.  Capo on 3rd fret.  Plays right-handed guitar left-handed.  2nd song cover of Anti-Flag's "Turncoat".  Swell!  5th fret capo.  I bet Anti-fans will like it.

20:00 - Michelle Corell  20:10 actual.  Sounds kinda like Tracy Chapman.  She's got the building blocks for some sultry rock, but this number won't take her there.  It sounds like 2 or chords only, with no swing.   The right A&R person could hook her up with better songs.

I just met Katy from Habersham county.  She's got an awesome Southern drawl she says she can't hear in herself.  

20:10 - Rumsfeld  20:18 actual.  He's using his looper for the 2nd week.  It's interesting, spacey (but not "space-rock").  "Meaning Of The Square" is his 2nd song.  He's using a plastic-body guitar, the kind with many small holes in the smaller top lobe.  Good cold stop.  RumsfeldMusic.com.  Good music for background at a dinner party.  His songs are not readily distinguishable from each other by name though.  

20:20 - Jeff Coward  20:30 actual.  "Already Wealthy".  He's playing with the loose ends of the strings unclipped from his winders, so they're wobbling around and shining in the dim stage light.  That gives me an idea: I could do that on purpose too, and deliberately bend the remainders in neat ways, and then bind some small pom-poms or tassles or plastic stars or something there.

20:30 - Kevin Whitfield  20:35 actual.  KevinWhitfieldMusic.com.  "The Greatest Fan Of Your Life"  

"Fair Warning".  Swell!  Is he using a brand new guitar tonite?  That pickguard is gleaming smartly.  

20:40 - Benjamin Simpson  Leading with cover of Pink Floyd.  He's fairly good, but the sound system is way too hot this time.      "Sheep".  He played with neck pointing up to ceiling at one point.  I think he's having fun at this.  2nd song, an original.  iTunes album "Apathy".  BenjaminSimpson.com                                                               

20:50 - Lauren Lieu   20:56 actual.  Athens is her hometown.  Confident & practiced, she is reaching "the cheap seats".  "Drink Until You Miss Me" or "Painting The Walls".  2nd song is a cover, "Basket Case".  She's got all the skills to rock out, but this song is too long & verse-y.  I want to her many shorter, songs with hook-ier choruses from her.  She could easily get world-famous quick that way.

21:00 - Gage Howe  21:09 actual.  Playing an 8-string mandolin.    "I Hope Time Goes By Real Slow".  High tenor, peppy song.  2nd song, "Losing Control".  Joined by Brian Dinizio on 6-string acoustic.  Their harmony works well, Most bluegrass-sounding thing I've heard on this stage yet.  Brian is playing some walking bass notes, and also picking some notes in between chords on the beat.   

21:10 - Brian Dinizio  21:20 actual.  Gage Howe & Brian met at the original Herdershot's in January of 2012.  Gage is staying to play 1st song with  Brian.
Funny 2nd song, I got a picture, but not a recording.

21:20 - Morgan & Josh  21:28 actual.  One gets to sing while the other plays 6-string.  2nd song:"Don't Live It Down".  aw, he was a off-pitch for some of it.  he's reading lyrics on & off from paper.  Needs to memorize this one & practice some more.

21:30 - Lisa Dinh  NO SHOW

21:36 actual - ___ Tembelor.  Just moved back here from Washington state a few months ago.  Using harmonica neck holder.  "Blackberry, I Love You".  Pretty peppy, good.  I this 2nd song is full of pedestrian rhymes + a whole verse of repeated "Nothing rhymes with orange!", is loud, and so long, it breaks his alotted 10 minutes.  LocalMagneticDisturbance.wordpress.com.  His enthusiam lasts though.  He'd do better pairing his performance talent with cover songs, or more fun stuff like his 1st song.

21:40 - Connor Pledger  21:47 actual.  This is a song abut leaving Georgia.  "On My Way Out".  The grapevine says he got a contract in Los Angeles.  Larry Forte says Conner was the host for Larry's 1st open mic nite (here at Hendershots, or generally speaking, is not clear from the context).  2nd song.  This is the largest crowd I've ever seen at Hendershot's, and I get the Impression a large fraction are here to see Connor.

21:50 - Brett Vaughn  21:59 actual.  "I Find It Kinda Hard To Breathe"  2nd song: "Losing, In The Battle?"

22:00 - Scott Low 22:09 actual.  "The Bodybag".  He read a story about a guy who woke up in a bodybag, about to get the fluid sucked out of him.  2nd song is way too long, but at least he sounds like Tom Waits or raspy Bruce Springsteen.

20:20 actual.  Larry Forte  Cover of Tom Waits"As A Train Goes By"  or "Looks Like Rain Today"


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2014-12-29

19:39 actual - Larry Forte opens with a Tom Waits song. 

19:30 - Jacob Fleming 19:43 actual.  "You Don't Have To Say It Back" He's got a thick twee character voice, instantly  distinctive.  2nd song, capo on 5th or 6th fret.  Seems like lots of tacit chord strikes mixed with slides & fingerpicking.
19:40 - Rachel Wiggins 19:50 actual.  Friend Darby on drum box seat.  "Crazy Without You".  Capo on 1st fret, sounds like minor 3rd chords used liberally?  Rachel Wiggins has a bright, clear, strong voice, high pitch but without being squeaky.  "Everything Is Gonna Be Okay"  written for a friend who went to rehab on Halloween of 2014, and they haven't seen her yet.
20:20 - Rumsfeld 20:00 actual.  Struming harmonics.  !! He just turned on a looping pedal like Kishinev Bashi uses !!  I've never heard Rumsfeld do this before.  He's grown.  
19:50 - Jules Wood 
20:00 - Sarah Elizabeth 20:08 actual.  
Just arrived in Athens this past weekend from South Carolina.  A guy in a bar referred to her as "Just As Just Some Girl  He Met In A Bar", and so she wrote a song about it.
20:10 - Johnny Rowland
20:21 - A visitor from Winston Salem, North Carolina  Rebecca Reel  "You Can Always Count On Me". "Call Me". 
20:21 actual - Larry Forte "Country Road"
20:30 - Kevin Whitfield NO SHOW
20:40 - Rick Bedell 20:35 actual.  Made a few CDs.  "Spontaneous Acceptance".  He's got a brand new flute to try out.  Darby is joining him for 2nd song.  

20:50 - DJ Wayland 20:47 actual.  Pleasantly dischordant.  Good for the sad parts of "The Real World".  
21:00 - Devin Dennis 20:55 actual.  "Hello, Trouble!"  Wow, awesome!  Capo on 4th fret.  2nd song:"Never Be A Quitter" 
21:10 - Carlos Camblor

"Big Dead Tree" Fun, could totally be a clap-along.  Covering a Neutral Milk Hotel song, because he went to the Elephant6 exhibit at the Georgia museum.  

21:20 - Nick Bradfield 21:13 actual.  Keyboardist with chest length hair, wearing a Serapè.  Half-hippie, half Paul McCartney.  Playing with eyes closed.  The song itself kinda sucks, but he plays OK.  Ug, another religious song.  Too bad he's wasting his talent on crap content.  He could use an A&R pro to line him up with better selections.  Wow this song should have ended 2 minutes ago, and it's still not over.  Way too long.

21:30 - Drew Albenesius 21:28 Actual.  Covering "Oh, Caroline" by Old Crow Medicine Show.  5 song EP coming in~February.  "Roll Credits".  

21:40 - Liam Parke   NO SHOW.   21:39 actual, Larry Forte.  "To Be Free"

21:50 - Open 21:43 actual.  Spoken word.  Alex, good funny fiction story.

Liam Parke just arrived by the back door.  
22:00 - Open  21:48 actual.  Liam Parke  "Loving You, Loving Me"
"It's Not Too Late".   3rd Song, "Road To Freedom"


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2014-12-08

19:30 - Joshua Hellums  
2nd piece is whiny anxious poem about ice cream.  It's very hard to understand him

19:40 - Johnny Rowland  
19:50 - Rumsfeld  
20:00 - Drew Albenesius  
20:10 - Trey Yip  
20:20 - Matt Maudsley  
20:30 - Kevin Whitfield  NO SHOW
20:40 - Rick Bedell  
20:50 - Michael Smith  
21:00 - Laurel Cathleen  
21:10 - Chris Padgett  
21:20 - Will Heaton  
21:30 - Caitlin Marie  
21:40 - Liam Parke  
21:50 - OPEN SLOT
22:00 - Castaway?  


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2014-12-01

19:30 - Laurel Cathleen
19:40 - Nathan Wood
19:50 - Open 

I'm late to the coffee shop!  Lost 0.5 hour 'cause I couldn't find my bike lights.  I stuck 'em in the wrong pocket of my backpack.

19:55 actual - Nathan Wood "~ Tomorrow".  Sad song.  The chorus lyrics are too repetitive.  Needs at least 2 more different sentences before this song is complete.  

A call & response song.  Um, He sounds good, but he failed to establish the pattern before expecting the audience to jump in, and the notes are far too complex for a sing-a-long.

20:06 actual - Rumsfeld  What's going on?  This doesn't match the schedule at all.  

I told Drew Albenesius that I looked up that WILCO song "Jesus, etc." which he played last week.  He says that whole album is good.

1st Song has a nice finish with many harmonics.
2nd Inspired by the fact that lifetime in making a TV show based off the "Grumpy Cat" Internet meme.  I can't tell how this song might be related.  2nd song has deliberately sloppy ending, I guess that's the grumpy part.

20:00 - Drew Albenesius 
20:16 actual - Drew covers "I'm On Fire" by Bruce Springsteen,, very twang, very Drew, I like his style.  

2nd Song "Like The Rain".  
20:10 - Victor Tizzo Masoliah  His 2nd free verse is an awesome work about the immigrant experience, it is AUTHENTIC.  3rd verse, he's very animated now, a work about  his romance with his wife, inspired by a miscarriage event.  1st Day of March, 2011.  He almost did the whole thing by memory.

20:20 - Johnny Rice 
20:31 actual - Johnny Rowland?  I'll have to ask Larry why "rice" was on the schedule.  He's covering a cover of a Tears For Fears song.  "Mad World".  Neat contrast with Johnny's inherently happy voice.  
2nd song "Josephine"

He'll play Filcker Bar's Singer-Songwriter Showcase

20:30 - Kevin Whitfield  He's borrowed Drew Abenesius's guitar.  He says it's louder than his own.  

1st "In Love At Christmastime"  I hate christmas music, but this is OK, not religious.  Says he recorded it already, gonna post it soon.  

I wonder where he records?

2nd song: "Sailboat" Capo on the 3rd fret.  I like this song, but there needs to be a radio edit version that chops it down to size.

20:40 - Rick Bedell  
20:51 actual - 

Johnny Rowland just packed his guitar & split out the back door before I could ask him any questions.  That's a shame.  I wonder if that's how he views his schedule as singer-songwriter, perform as many places in 1 night as he can?  Or just protect his energy nite after nite in a search for expanding his fanbase?  

I detect a need for industry to manufacture quiet coffee shop machines.  It is rather distracting when they turn on a grinder just as a Flutist begins a song.  Maybe the equipment needs musical tuning, so it sounds great in operation?  Could a barrista play a concerto on an expresso machine? 
20:50 - Open 
21:02 actual - Barrett Smith  
"Queen Of My Double-Wide Trailer"  Guitar volume is overpowering his high tenor voice.  2nd song original "Timelines".

21:00 - Ben Torres 
21:11 actual - Guy Fyord   Keyboard, a casio.  High tenor.  "Can Somebody Save Me"  Solid key skills.  Not bad.
2nd song, written this year, about his parent's break-up 5 years ago.  Guy  is not afraid of using head voice.

Johnny Rowland just came back in with his packed-up guitar.

Guy's 2nd song is slightly off-pitch.  

21:10 - Trey Yip
21:21 actual - 1st song, fairly balanced, good delivery.  He's got a red-ish bandana with a black border hanging from the head of his guitar.  I've never seen anyone else attach a cloth there before.  

21:20 - Brian Dinizio 
21:30 actual - Traveled to Ecuador with Trey for 3 months, teaching.  Just got back to Athens in the past 24 hours.  "Quito In The Rain", only song he wrote while there.  

2nd song "All I Want Is You"  

21:30 - Liam Parke with is friend  Rick San Miguel on 2nd guitar, a stratocaster.  
21:43 actual - He says "Billy" is a nickname for "Liam" in Irish?  1st song "So Many Years Ago"  Much lower volume than last time, & a slower pace than the last time, much more appropriate for this song.  I hear something clicking against the bacj of his guitar, I think it's the zipper of his windbreaker-style jacket, not his glasses.  

2nd song "A Long Night's Rainfall".  

I talked with Larry Forte about some clicking & popping noises these guys are experiencing.  We can't quite figure out the source.  

"Repent At Leisure" is their Irish band, playing the main library (Saturday?)

21:40 - Open 
21:53 actual - Rick San Miguel solo.  A very talk-y song, neat.  Rather like George (Thorohgood)  

2nd song: "The Rain Came Down".   Rick is the source of their electric POP sound.  

21:50 - Open 
2159 actual - Castaway.  Just began recording a 2nd album.
Solid, consistent Morissey voice.  


2nd song: "If Only You" 

Castaway plays Wednesday @ Caledonia Lounge @ 21:30.

22:00 - Sean Henderson  not seen tonite.


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2014-11-24

19:30 - Joshua Hellums  A song + a free verse.  I couldn't really understand his words, the vowels were too quiet to understand.
19:40 - Johnny Rowland  1st song: "Kiss Me When The Sun Goes Down"
2nd song: "What A Wonderful World".  Nice!  This is straight up his alley.
19:50 - Open Slot = Larry Forte  "To Be Free"
20:00 - Drew Albenesius   Drew Albo Music Facebook Page
                19:56 actual - John Lennon cover "I Just Had To Let It Go".
Rumsfeld just walked in wearing a red tie & Dockers, he looks so different.
2nd song original "Locked Up".  Drew plays the Nowhere Bar tomorrow nite @ 20:00.
"Locked Up" is a song about a guy retreiving his lost guitar.  I like it!
20:10 - Julie Holmes  Soulful with a peppy strum.  1st Song is a cover:"Black & Gold".  She is like a T.A.R.D.I.S., the voice inside is a lot larger than the container it come packaged in!  
2nd song, an original she's only played for her cat until now.  Intro includes some plucking of descending harmonics!  Neat!
Her guitar chops are super-solid, wow!  She's mixing chords with strikes on muted strings.  She went from struming chords with pick, to inserting pick into the strings at 1st fret for storage, switching straight to fingerpicking so fast that she did not even miss a beat.  Holy crap, how did she do that?  The lyrics of the 2nd song were unimportant, forgettable though.
20:20 - Chris & Dane
2nd song: Cover of Nirvana's cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World"  The 2nd guitarist (I don't know which is which) is walking the fretboard like a journeyman.  Fun.  I think i will post this here for you to hear, later.  I want to hear them do this with castinets & maracas.  
20:30 - Rumsfeld
              20:27 actual - "The Lover, The Painter", about 1 of his ex-girlfriends.  I don't know how anyone could tell if he didn't say so, there are no lyrics.
2nd song, think his capo is on the 6th fret.
20:40 - Rick Bedell
            20:38 actual - Joshua Hellums joins him again this week for spoken word.  "Why Do You Cry?"
I found a little brown toy horse figurine toy with black nylon tail & mane.  I think I'll take it home, maybe draw it.
Joshua could benefit greatly from a compressor filter on his voice signal, I think.
Rumsfeld joins Rick for his 2nd song.  Very minor  & unresolved   notes.  No tonic to be found here, move along with your sad, lonely, drunken depression feelings.  It does a good job invoking unpleasant moods, for a distopian setting.  Possibly good background music for a "Dungeon Punk" genre story. 
20:50 - Chris Gustin  Electric  violin, thin body.  
A mashup!  "All Along The Watchtower" +, I don't recognize that he's using any other song here.  He claimed it was a mashup.  Maybe I'll have to here it again to guess what other song is there.  2nd song: He says it's related to The Walking Dead.  It's definitely not the theme song.  
He's got some device playing back a 2nd track with violin plucking, he probably recorded himself earlier.
21:00 - Ken Williams
            21:06 actual - He played at a bar called "Buffington's" in Milledgeville, has a relationship there that lasted only a while, wrote this song about it.  "Break Your Crown".  It's OK, but it seems like the song is all verse, no chorus, the word "mail" doesn't rhyme with with it's preceding or following line, it NEEDS to.  It's good, but a stronger chorus would make this song fine.  The volume is turned up way too loud.  Ken is loud enough he doesn't need any amplification at all.
21:10 - Paco Trevino
            21:15 actual - Original "Outland".  Guitar is so loud, & his mic is so low, I can't hear the lyrics.  Capo on 1st fret.  Melody is boring & repetitive.  He's apologizing for forgetting the lyrics.  One of the lyrics says "for you, I'd swim the 7 seas", but his delivery says "I can't be bothered to go to the mailbox for you".  2nd song, his chords are fine, but the guitar volume is still drowning him out.  His pitch & delivery are flat.  He needs to sell the lyrics like a punk rock star, more.  "Everything That You & I Could Be"
21:20 - Jess Berzack
            21:24 actual - An original.  Ah, jeez, my DAR is acting up, missed recording the start of this one.  "All I Gotta Do"?  This song is a long-run cry-break, nice, cosmopolitan.  The lyrics don't really matter.  2nd song, a lady joins her on stage, for an ("Asher-Book"?) cover.  Jess puts on a pair of glasses.  Anna Clear is the backup.
21:30 - Cortez Garza - NO SHOW
            21:34 actual - Elon & Emily, 2 ladies.  1st Song: Cover of Adelle's "Rolling In The Deep".  Good, but they didn't do the whole song, they only played the chorus 1 time.  2nd Song: Altered "Hotel California", with different lyrics.  I forgot to stop the recorder, both songs are in this mp3 file.
21:40 - Eddie Abraham  "Tireless Fight" Peppy tempo, slips in some minor chords & goes back to major.  Good tenor, but I can't quite make out all the words.  Capo on the 6th fret.  2nd Mashup! "Closing Time" chords, with "Land Down Under" lyrics instead.  COOL.  Forgot to stop the recorder again, hear both songs here.

"Luna, California".   Velvet Underground, influenced  ==> Galaxy 500, guy leaves to form Luna, CA.   Jem & The Holograms=Jem's voice joins Luna, Brita Phillips falls in love with the lead singer in this all-guy band.  1.5 albums & the band breaks up.  Dean & Britta split & go touring.  Luna will get back together in 2015.  Eddie says I look like the bassist from Luna.  
21:50 - James Strickland  Fingerpicking, having some initial trouble hammering-on, bending or harmonics, I can't tell what he intended, but not too much.  Better than I can do.  He's staring at his fretboard like he's gonna die if he looks up.  I would force him to practice with a blindfold on for a while, partly breaking him of the habit.  2nd song.  Fingerpicking with scale runs all over the fretboard, very technical.  Impressive, yet I must confess there are noticeable imperfections.  It's not bad because of them though, I can tell this is hard, and it's live, not a studio recording with all the errors edited out.
22:00 - Drew Kohl  1st song, Sesame Street!  "I'd Like To Visit The Moon".  Almost channeling the voice of Big Bird.  Originally sung by Bert.  Chris Gustin joins him for song #2.  They are Grand Ol' Opry ready.  "Are You Gonna Be My Friend", Drew uses a hamonica neck-holder.


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2014-11-17

Ready for show to begin, once again, I'll update this post as it goes.
I haven't grabbed the list from the facebook group.  I guess I should get a password manager for my iTouch so I can log in.  That's what I use to write these open mic blog posts on, an iTouch 4 with an apple bluetooth keyboard.
I'm try recording differently this week.  I'm using my M-Audio Microtrack II again, but I think I'll record at 48 Kbps straight to MP3, and I'll try to just start & stop the recording for each song.  That should save time later, no editing, when I go to include links to those files when I get home.  Although my internet at home will probably be off until next week.
19:29 - Larry Forte "One Drunk Down"
19:33 - Michael Smith 1st time here.  2 originals.  1st one is about the fear of growing up.  "Another Part Of Me"  His voice sounds like a nasal-y Johnny Rowland.  Not bad, he's chording & strumming fast.  It's OK, but this song has no hook in it.  His playing reminds me of Jason Mraz.  "New Kind Of Love".  It's OK too, but no hook in this one either.
Kevin Whitfield just arrived, and now Johnny Rowland did too.
19:47 - Jess (Brzak?) 1st: An original she wrote a couple of months ago.  "You Ain't Gone"  A kind of torch song, but not slow.  She claims not to be much of a guitar player, but that is wrong, she's using palm muting to quickly stop strings with a clicking stop, I think her ring is adding a metallic clank when she does it too, that is neat, maybe I should try that.  I should get a whole handful of fat rings to do it with so it really claps out loud.
2014-11-17 Jess (Brzak) - You Ain't Gone - Hendershots Open Mic Nite, Athens, GA.mp3

2nd song is a downer, a (Codeline?) cover.
19:55 - James Strickland His guitar is black.  He's fingerpicking well.  Staring intently at his fretboard.  I think he just began a 2nd song, without making the transition from one to the other clear.  Nope, it just sounded like an ending there, people clapped & I stopped the recorder.  He sort of had a dead stop with a preamble at the start of his 2nd song.  He says he's too nervous, maybe he wants more practice on this complicated fingerpicking?  Larry says it a brand new guitar.
20:03 - Drew Albenesius Covering a WILCO song, ("Sad, Sad Songs"?).  I like it.  It's got a moving baseline that's just great with his "Regular guy picks up a guitar and sings better than average" performance.  Very appealing.  2nd song His "Roll Credits".  He's doing better at it tonite than last time.
2014-11-17 Drew Albenesius Covers WILCO - Sad, Sad Songs - Hendershots Open Mic Nite, Athens, GA.mp3

20:13 - Johnny Rowland "Living On The Levee"  
I just met a guy named Nathan.   He asked about my keyboard setup, I'm watching his laptop for a minute.
"I'll Never Have To See The Day Again" Nice, sweet, short song, very pleasant.
20:19 - Rumsfeld rolling in once more.  "Deep Well" A song he wrote 2 days ago.  Yep, no lyrics.  Too loud, I find I forgot to bring my hearing protection.  He's switching guitars to an all-black one.  "Mile". 
Rick Bidell has arrived.
Rumsfeld is doing the slide over the top of the neck with his index finger thing again.  I gotta remember to try that.  Ending with a harmonic strum.  I wonder if he's using an alternate tuning?  He's wearing a DragonCON t-shirt.
20:27 - Kevin Whitfield  A happy song for a change.  "I Like You"  
Sad song "Without You".  Says he wrote it when he thought he was gonna be depressed forever.  I should write a happy song for him to sing.  One that isn't buried in minor chords.  Very strong performance again.
Larry says if you want to get on the line-up for open mic nite, go to the facebook "Hendershot's Open Mic Nite" page, and then MESSAGE in, don't just leave a comment.
20:36 - Rick Biddell, He's get a thin fellow on stage with him who's been here all nite in the coffee shop.  Joshua is doing spoken word with Rick's flute tonite.  
Rumsfeld just stuck a cigarette in his mouth and walked out the back door.  Poor bastard.  Ruining his vocal chords before I even heard him sing one single thing.
Hmm, Rick's using his "V-Shaped" double-flute.  Lots & lots of reverb goes well with this, sounds like a canyon echo.  I'll have to make sure to upload that MP3 here, so you can tell what I mean.
20:48 - Zack (Tuper?) NO SHOW.
20:49 - Larry Forte "Like A Bird On A Wire" 
20:53 - Zack Morgan & Carly King.  Violin + Guitar, Carly on violin.  
Wow, super sad, I guess having a violin makes it feel even more sad.
21:03 - Nick Glick NO SHOW.
21:03 - Michael (Lisowski?) An (Alison Krauss?) song.  Capo on 2nd fret, borrowed from Rumsfeld.  Big man with a small guitare.  "They Stopped Building Roads"  "Pockets Full Of Dust", inspired by a line from Ryan Adams song.  Severe, difficult cry break at the end.  He doesn't crack.
21:11 - Diego (~something) NO SHOW.
21:12 - Larry Forte "I Live Beyond My Means"
21:15 - Liam Parke NO SHOW

21:15 - Gustavo Rodriguez  Small guitar.  Fast on the fretboard with rapid bends.  Sounds cosmopolitan to me.  Mighty slick.  
The guy who play extremely loud Irish music just walked in the back door.
Gustavo is doing some fast scale runs between sliding barre chords, without missing a beat.  2nd song features some interesting tempo changes.
21:28 - Diego (Ngiano?) Poems.   2nd Poem: "Sexy, Educated, And Kinky"  3rd "Retired Pirate, In Need Of Booty"  These are like funny personals ads.
21:33 - Liam Parke  The loud Irish music guy.  Finished this song this morning.  "All There Is".  "So Many Years Ago".  A song about his broken heart.  There is some weird extra noise getting picked up big time.  I think he's striking the pick guard with every strum.  But there's some extra noise too. . . .maybe it's his glasses against the back of his guitar.  He stuck his glasses in his shirt so one arm is right where the buttons meet.
21:41 - Joshua Helms  Borrowed a pick from Drew Albenesius.  A song he wrote.  Way too loud, completely off-pitch.  Sorry, dude, big fail.  I would not ever want to hear that again.  Now he's asking to borrow a capo.  Oh, that's bad, signed up for an open mic nite and came completely unprepared in every way.  I'm sure he's a nice guy, but he'll never be a pro.
21:52 - Carly King  She's got a guitar now, she's asking for a capo.  Says she wrote 20 songs but only has 2 memorized.  This song is OK, but forgettable.  Angry loud drunk man is shown out by the staff complaining "You grabbed my arm!", ah geez he's the guy who loaned her a capo.  I sense danger.  Oh crap, she wrote a song to jezus.  Please stop now.  This is boring.  Please be over.


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2014-11-03

The lineup wasn't posted before I left home, so I don't know who's playing tonite. I guess we'll see as
it comes!
I just whipped out a drawing of a dude with beard on a motorbike, 'cause I felt like it!
I wanted to make a dude with essentially nothing but a beard coming out of his helmet. I decided to add a nose here,
19:30 -
Austin Tyler Covering Pearl Jam. This is interesting, because his voice is smooth, whereas
Eddie Veder's isn't. Sounds good, just like the original, I can't make out all the words. His
Hi-fret picking at the end was spot on.
19:40 -
Austin Green
"I Put A Spell On You". Nice & soulful. Good dynamic range, good tempo changes. Original:Angsty with no
hook. There's nothing wrong with it, but there's nothing right with it either. The lyrics are too generic.
19:50 -
James Strickland Finger picking. He's watching his hands like he's gonna die if he looks up.
He's moving all up & down the fretboard. There are some short, tiny pauses in his playing every time he switches
chord positions. He's not striking any wrong notes, but he's not delaying them so long that the suspension doesn't
comortably resolve in time. 2nd song, he's scaling is a bit better here. This could be part of some polite dinner party
background album just fine.
20:00 -
Drew Albenesius Ohh, looks like he brought a neck-harmonica holder. 1st song, he's not using that yet.
"Don't Tell Me Any Lies" Nice Western sad song. 2nd: Covering
The Decemberists. "The Old Main Drag"? I've never heard the original myself. He's good at
this one.
20:10 -
Johnny Rowland He says he hasn't played this in a long time. Looks like he's got his sheet music on
the music stand though, sound like old hat to him, though, didn't miss a thing. "Springtime", the one he
finished 2 weeks ago & played last week (when I recall he was a little sick. Jeezus christ,
his voice is like good milk chocolate. When he gets on the radio people will choose his songs to have sex to.
Freakin' fantastic!
20:20 -
Rumsfeld Will he finally sing tonite? Rick Bedell is joining him! Let's hear what happens. . . .
Rumsfeld grew a bit of a beard & 'stache this week, looks good on him.
Rumsfeld has a capo on the 2nd fret. I can't tell if they practiced this before or not, or if it is all
improv. These 2 compliment each other very well.
Wrote this 2nd song about a year ago. Perfectly good guitar strumming. Maybe he'd be a good part of big guitar
band, with an obscene number of guitarists, like
The Eagles. OOO, neat, he's playing bass strings OVER the top of the neck, with his index finger, and
sliding it! Cool stunt, I totally dig it. I've never seen that done anywhere else, but I suppose that just hasn't
crossed my sphere of awareness before. He's very good with guitar. He's just got to get some lyrics, or a band, or
something more.
Kevin Whitfield He says we can sing along if we know it. "Landslide"! Wow, this is a very fresh
take! Best thing I heard all nite, Johnny Rowland's "Sunshine" is a close 2nd (Art is not a contest!)
2014-11-03 Kevin Whitfield - Landslide - Hendershot's.mp3 It's not really one we should sing along
to, though, it's very minor chord-y. 2nd Song:"Radiate". Recorded in November 2013, he still hasn't released
it yet, because "Life.". On Instagram & SoundCloud.
Rachel Morgan Original she wrote in high school. "Possibilities". Nice.
"Wolf-"?-something. I didn't quite get the title. Maybe I'll hear it on the recording.
20:50 -
Rick Bedell Snagged James Strickland to come join him this time. They worked swell together. 2nd song,
he's playing a much longer flute that I've never seen him use here before.
21:00 -
Kenneth Williams "Money & Jesus". Good & political & MEANINGFUL, like a Bob Dillon
song. "Sara Lee". Struggling with a high note at the start, I've done that before too. . . .
He lost his pitch at end there, sounds like he's straining terribly there. Need to change the situation to make it,
maybe drop the key.
21:10 -
Twin Courage First-timers here. Guitar + Ukelele. He just played a keyboard hamonica - I should look up what
the proper name for these things are, they're the latest affordable thing in the music stores.
This looks like pretty good picture, from my tiny screen, though perhaps dark. Maybe I should bring my SLR next time?.
That song was sad, done well. 2nd song is about a fox she saw in England once, and that's all there is to its origin.
She's got a rich full-bodied alto voice. From Greenville, South Carolina
21:20 -
Castaway - aww, they're a NO-SHOW tonite.
Larry Forte is playing a peppy song instead. He took a moment to tune. "I Live Beyond My
21:30 -
Brett Vaughn
Chill Will is joining him on stage.
"Bring It Home To Me". 2nd song: "Halelujah" cover.
21:40 -
Conner Pledger I'm calling this "White Soul". 2nd song has a nice beat.
21:50 -
Liam Parke With Mister Everett. Irish Band. Loud as hell. With banjo. "The Road To
22:00 -
Lulu Shurod For a poet, his delivery is awful. Monotone. He's reading it like he wasn't even the
person who wrote it. Come on dude, if all you're gonna do is talk your own poetry, you should have most of it memorized,
and you should be standing up, not holding your book, unless it is a prop used while reciting a poem about a book. Aw,
you're probably a nice guy, but man, you could easily do so much better. There were lots of wet-mouth noises that
weren't part of the performance.
22:06 -
Castaway is here now! Starts to tune up, sound man jokes it is tuned to L-A-R-R-Y. (
Larry Forte). 4-piece band will play New Earth tomorrow, did he say at 16:30? "Crossbones".
Castaway @ bandcamp.com, 11 tracks.
22:17 -
Mister Jim (or Tim?) McNeil from far away. "Company Store" accapella.
Brett Vaughn starts clapping, now the crowd does too. Worked for Chrysler, they had a labor


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2014-10-27

Here's the line-up, I'll add notes once I get there:
18:12 - OK, i'm at Hendershots now.  Got a large dark drip, and a soft chair next to a coffee table, so I can draw some art, if I like.  I think I'll try a grammaphone in perspective first, maybe with a pointillist style?
19:05 - Larry's friend Mamie just arrived, I think she's going to play with a keyboard tonite.  She has a very distinct speaking voice, almost like a fun-friend character actress from a sitcom.  Funky fun glasses to match, so cool.

19:47 Actual time - Betsy is starting to play, 17 minutes late, way too loud.  Glad I brought my hearing protection from home.

19:30 - James Strickland - 19:52 Actual time.  He's fingerpicking, it might be improvisation, no singing, no resolution to the tonic here.  I think he said he's covering a "YES" tune.  It sounds vaguely familiar.  Strong finish.
19:40 - Mamie Fike Simonds - 20:02 actual.  "It's Raining Tonight" Good blues song, STRONG stage presence, excellent delivery, entertaining.  She's playing a red (roland?) electro 2 keyboard:"Trust & Tenderness" 3rd song:"Good Rockin' Daddy"
19:50 - Brad Aaron - 20:08 actual Playing Nuçi's space jam on Wednesday.  "We Both Know It's Time" Band is "Summer Sonic"  "Say It To Me"  Both he & the guitar are out of tune.  I can't tell if that's intentional to match the angsty lyrics or not.
20:00 - Sean VanMeter and Jordan Wilmoth - 20:20 actual performance time.  "Anybody heard the joke about the sidewalk?" Crowd:"no. . . " "It's all over town!" Crowd:pleasant groan.  A year ago today, Nuçi's had a band camp (Halloween Ball?), that's where these 2 started playing together.  "Happy Valentine's Day" Sad song.  "Mary Beth".  He wrote this when he was 13 years old.  Very Elton John sounding.
20:10 - Johnny Rowland - 20:27 Actual time.  He's under-the weather.  He just finished this song "Springtime" last Friday.  "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay", excellent.
20:20 - Rumsfeld - A standard Rumsfeld performance, OK guitar playing, no singing.
20:30 - Kevin Whitfield - Excellent head voice on 1st song.  He wrote "To Ash" in February.  (Did he say it was last year, or this year?).  He says it was this year, 2014.  Kevin Whitfield Music on instagram, twitter, facebook.  Similar to Dave Matthews tonite.
20:40 - Drew Albenesius - "Down With The Glistening Shine".  Plus an untitled song.  "The Truth Is A Loaded Weapon" or "Don't Tell Me Any Lies".  Drew Albo Music on facebook.  Here's an audio clip of Drew, the only thing I managed to record all nite.

20:50 - Rick Bedell - The Flutist.  Improv.  Betsy needlessly told the audience to be quiet for Rick.  There has never been a week in which the crowd didn't just get silent on its own when he started to play.  And there's nothing special about the flute that requires quiet, It's amplified plenty through the sound system.  The crowd REALLY likes it.
21:00 - Larry Forte - 21:20 Real time.  "One Drunk Down"  "Lonesome Trail", I'm starting to recall the lyrics of the chorus from before.  It could be a crowd sing-along, if they knew it by heart.
21:10 - Between Naybors 21:27 Actual time.  1st song about guy like himself, in probably 12 years.  It's about the hardship of songwriting.  "One Straw Away From A Broken Man".  
21:20 - Luck Bucket - Doesn't remember the words to "Freebird" for his sound check.  ugh, ordering the audience to tip, as though we haven't or aren't. so cliché.    A song about 2 dogs, the narrator's dog and the narrator's dad's dog.  Strong story.  Betsy is wrongly telling the audience they must be completely quiet.  That is not appropriate for a coffee shop open mic nite.  "I Just Wanna Get Drunk"  

Nice use of cuss words, I like it.  But he's asking the crowd to sing along to a song he's never sung here before, and so they aren't familiar with it, and the chorus isn't simplistic enough to support that kind of participation.
21:30 - Ken Williams - "Find Love Again", a song about 2nd chances.  He's working hard.  Going flat here & there.  "Hard Knock School Of Life", A song about touring with a band.
21:40 - Castaway - He was smoking outside when I was locking up my bicycle earlier, such a shame.  Hope he can break the habit before it kills him early.  He's got a classic crooner's voice, it won't take long for the cigarettes to hurt it.  "If Only You, If Only Now".  

I finished the sketch of a grammaphone I was working on.  The caffeine in the coffee is making me jittery. . . so I'll wait to retrace it later at home, perhaps.

Now a song off the 1st Castaway album available on Bandcamp.  

"The Rain Ain't Comin' Soon"
21:50 - Rachel Morgan - 22:13 Actual time.  "Prosperous".  She wrote it after watching an episode of "Supernatural".  She says it's not a great show actually. 

It's good!  Capo on the 4th fret, an unusual placement.  She could cut out some "whoa-uh-uh-oh's" to shorten it a bit.  A cover song:"It's Raining In Paris"  Wow, she is radio-ready tonite.
 Add a fancy stage costume, & she's a platinum hit for sure.
22:00 - Jules Wood - 22:23 actual time.  Voice smooth as chocolate milk.  "You Can Sing Me Anything".  Magnificent.

2nd song was OK, couldn't really understand the words as well as the 1st song.

Now it is 22:30, Billy Todd Puckett is an add-on.  Calm, quiet blues song.  

22:37 -  Brett Vaughn.  "I Find It Kinda Hard To Breathe".  He's a snappy dresser.  This song needs to be chopped down to length by about 2 verses, 20-40 seconds.
Guitar has a hole in the spot where the pick guard normally goes.

22:45 - Austin Tyler - One he just wrote: " Damn Sam".  Another he wrote when he met his girlfriend who is here, a few months ago.  

The battery in my audio recorder died long ago.  I don't know if I even got any audio from tonite at all.

"Love You For The Rest Of My Life".  Includes a reference to "Mister Jones" by the Counting Crows.  He's normally a drummer.

22:54 - Jessica (Ford?), a friend of Betsy.  "Holes In The Soles Of Her Shoes".  It seems she's got some kind of tambourine bells triggered from her foot that I can't see through the speaker.  Maybe it's just an effects trigger?  Nope a real foot bell, just like those of a tambourine with no drum head.

23:02 Betsy is singing an accapella song.


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2014-10-13

It's Monday night again, and this time, I'm recording these notes directly into this blog as they happen!  I've never "live blogged" anything before.  This will be interesting. . . .

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
Kevin Whitfield is back.  His volume is down to listenable level, or maybe the performers are playing  more softly in response to hot levels.  It is really hard to type into blogspot, as the window is doing something with javascript that hides the last line of the text box edit window, at least in Safari on an iTouch 4.  I guess I'll have to file a bug report with Google.  Kevin sounds great, but most of his songs are just too long.  2nd song chronicles his 4-year relationship:"I Love You Just The Same".

Here comes Rick Bedell's flutes.  He snagged a drummer from the audience again.

"Bastion Song".  Michael just drummed for  Rick, now he's playing with his regular guitarist.  They call themselves "Me & Gloria".  Bill Jenkins just gave me their business card.

The host is singing, but it's so god damn loud, I just want it to be over.  I had to grab my ears just to protect myself.  That's a shame.

Hand Drumming On Wood Box
(Robert & Pat?)  I think they slid in to replace a no-show, but I'm not sure.  ("Everywhere Song"?)  Good-time fun song.  He's drumming with bare hands on the wood box he's sitting on!  Sounds great.  The singer's slightly off-pitch here & there, but it's not bad though, here, it is charming. 
Drew Albenesius
Drew Albenesius just covered Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" very well, the crowd is happy.  Betsy says he's got a magnificent mustache, and I agree.  "Roll Credits", very nice song.

The house was pretty full.

Guy in a red hat, I missed his introduction.  "So Many Years Ago": He wrote it in the dark in his car on the way back from Washington, D.C.

Larry Forte: "Drinkin' Cheap Beer Tonite"  He brought T-Shirts & CDs for sale.  And a sign.  T-Shirts are only $5, I need to ask where he had them made!

Bubba: Picked up the house guitar with a hole in it where the pick guard should be, but the house guitar doesn't have a pick guard on it, so it has a hole ( Is that Larry's guitar?  Does he loan it out?  I'm not sure ).  "Fur Elise" fingerstyle, short but very good, it's over way too soon.  "Burn Me Up", 2nd song, barre chords with trills, nice.  Once again, the volume is too loud, but he's got a nice raspy voice, distinctive.  This song is a little bit monotone, and his pitch needs work, but his enthusiasm makes up for it, I want to hear him sing something else some other week.

Daniel Brown is a traveling musician,  he's the one with the clothes pins on his jacket.  He seems like a natural stage performer.  He wrote this 1st song @ 03:00 in the morning with his little dog ( based on the way he said this, I understand it wasn't last night at 03:00, though, just at night, previously ).  His voice is distinctly nasal, yet his diction is clear enough to be understood.  2nd song, "Killer Queen" with a capo on the 4th fret.  Very interesting, I like it.  Jeez, I wish I was recording this for later!  I'll have to fix that next week.  I think he's repeating verses though.  Daniel is the drummer for "Secondary Modern" (<--their Facebook page) playing at the GO bar soon, later tonight!  He plays drums with them.  His 2 bandmates don't know he's playing this open mic nite right now ( I don't think they would be upset ).  He has a jacket that looks like scale leather, given to him by a good friend.  2 wooden clothespins have the website URL of a guy Secondary Modern recently played with stamped on them.  Daniel says his arm used to have a bunch more of these pins, I guess a bunch of people each grabbed one.  I didn't want to take one of the last 2, though.  Secondary Modern is from the wine country of Southern Illinois.  They're on tour all over the place for 2 more weeks (<--their blog has the tour schedule).  Daniel says "Secondary Modern" is a euphemism in Great Britain for "Blue Collar Worker" or "Working Class".  Here's why...

Brett Vaughn played, but I had step away so I missed it.  Darn, I haven't had a chance to talk to him at all yet.

Betsy Franck is wrapping up the nite.  Wow, she had to ask for the guitar monitor to be turned down, so clearly I'm not the only one with loudness problems.  She's using a fancy strumming pattern.  She's clearly pro enough to get up closer to the microphone than most performers do, she's got enough experience to know that's how to get the best sound  from a mic.  Next song, Betsy says it's about this time as a 5 year old, she lost a race to another 5 year old who asked for permission to pass her, and she granted permission.  She's regretted it ever since.

I just found an app just for blogger, that should make it easier to type next time around.