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Nice Atmosphere at Ptit Bonheur la Chance

December 28, 2011

It was one of the calmest evenings at the open mic at the Ptit Bonheur la Chance in a long time. But it was a very cool one, with a wonderful mix of new and old people – and people who had been there before but when I was not there.

I felt like crap for some reason, but it was mostly because my repertoire is not growing quickly enough and I hate singing the same songs at the same places all the time! But staying at home to learn new songs, takes time and cuts into the fun of performing…. Still, I wrote a song on the metro on the way there, and I will see if it works. So when it was my turn I decided I would NOT sing all the same songs I have always sung, and I realized that if I only know 40 songs by heart, I know just about as many as that of Bob Dylan in partial form – a few verses here and there. So I decided to do an impromptu medley. Complete failure. It seemed the first song I began with would have been the best if I knew all the lyrics – “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.” So it proved to me once again that impromptu does NOT work!!! Keep away from it.

But I particularly enjoyed last night the new song by Kuku, which he had never played in public before. I also particularly enjoyed all three of the songs by Victorine, which were highly animated with her moving all around the room with the mic as Kim and Ollie Joe the MC played music for her. She put everything into it, and it was not so easy to film on the video as she moved around so much – but that made it fun too.

And then there was Kim playing his own stuff and a Neil Young song. His new album, Radio Lee Doo, just came out, and that looks interesting too. This Kim is one of the MCs of the Pop ‘In open mic, but a professional musician all his life, it seems.

Now to top everything off, my fiber optic connection to the internet has decided to be slow as hell so there will not be a full number of videos here for the moment, and I will update later when return from tonight’s open mic….

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