I got the coffee started for the opening Open Mike of the season at Godfrey’s on Sunday. I look forward to every OM, with its potential creativity that it brings. And it never fails….
Dave Reber was the default guest host, so he kicked off the evening with a wonderful and curious set. Dave plays hammered dulcimer with a wonderful serendipity as to keys, styles and genres. Minor/major twists. Classical, popish, Celtic. He explores, and that’s very cool.
I opted for second, and, with three songs, expanded the evening. I had been chatting with some folks at the counter, pre-mike about ‘gut songs’, classic rockers that everyone knows. Hang On Sloopy, Satisfaction, Louie Louie, etc. so I started off with ‘Summertime Blues’, suggested by the guy in the front. I followed with ‘Black Jack Co. Chain’, but the macheche guitar didn’t hold up to the flat picking, but it was otherwise fine. I finished with ‘Foxglove’, a Bruce Cockburn instrumental, inspired by Jason Hahn’s presence ( a wonderful and inspired young guitarist at our OM’s). Nice.
The evening transpired with giant leaps by several GD open mikers Ansel, Jason, Mance and others that keep me in touch with the mushroom cloud that is growing in this community. I live in amazement.