The Highlander open mic was so full of musicians that having arrived a little late, both Tory Roucaud and I decided we’d have to wait too long to play, and we made off around the corner to the Cavern bar’s Wednesday night open mic.
I have mentioned this open mic before, it’s one of those where you have to play a set list provided by the live band, and you have to use them as backing while you sing. I’m crap at that exercise, as when I do other people’s songs I really interpret them my own way. Tory said she was pretty similar, but she decided to give a try at “Ironic,” by Alanis Morissette.
I have mentioned or put up videos of Tory singing on this blog several times recently, and I have always enjoyed her music as she plays and sings her songs with a guitar in the various open mics around Paris. But I never expected that her “Ironic” version would be just so good that it sent chills, shivers, goosebumps or whatever up and down my body. In fact, I was so stunned that I pressed a wrong button on my Zoom Q3HD as I was trying to zoom in or out of the stage, and I stopped the recording. In fact, I pressed record again to pick up the performance in two parts, because it was indeed worth it. It’s amazing how different a performer can come across when backed by a full band. And in this case, as I said, I already enjoy immensely Tory’s solo stuff, especially her song “Hey Boy.”
But check out the videos and I hope they send the goosebumps up and down your flesh too….
And while we are at it, why not check out her own very cool video of one of her songs: