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Score Three in a Row for Slow Starts, Fast Finishes at the Paris Open Mics

February 23, 2012

There must be something in the air these days, but last night at the Highlander seemed a reflection of the open mics the previous two days in Paris: A bit of a slow start, leading into a wonderful sense of community, jamming, and fun.

Of course, maybe I’m the one who is missing wind in his sails, and it is simply taking time for me to get pumped up about the open mics as I head into the end of a long winter in Paris attending the same ones every week. And my thoughts are already to those of the whole wide world in my fourth year traveling the world’s open mics, which will begin in Melbourne next month.

But I don’t think so. Of the three last open mics, the Highlander last night was by far the busiest. But it did seem to take a while before the music became the center of the attention. And when it did, it really did – with lots of interesting new approaches from regular musicians, and a few new musicians too….

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