For this series of random events, I think the best beginning is right now. Tonight, at Blind Bob’s in Dayton, Ohio, I had a special open mic moment. I had been sitting at the same table for a little over an hour, noticing there were about 10 people in attendance. I have had great nights with less, but I was hoping just a handful more would show up. Sure enough, they did and shortly thereafter I went on stage. Halfway through my first song “wonder,” I noticed a complete lack of reaction from the crowd. As much as I love music, it is very hard to give everything I have into a performance when no one appreciates it. A few moments later, I noticed a table with two people. One was a female, who was clearly watching me, not just being nice. The other was a male, who was doing the same. Just those two people made the difference between just practicing the lyrics, and actually giving a great performance, culminating in dancing all around the bar during the instrumental ending to “time to make it happen.” Those two people, Joe and April, made tonight special. I was living my dream, instead of just practicing in public.
As I remember other special open mic moments, I will leave them as comments.