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We played
Daughter Of The Red
Out Of The Rain
Then, on the insistence of a few folks
... Rain

Then came Bryan Baker. I sat in with the laptop snare on his werewolf song, and then the electronic kit for ... Ahem ... Play That Funky Music ... Yeah, really
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Lizzie and I will be at Billy Joes tonight!
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Hand Above The Water

I think this is the last time I'm going to do FPN there. I have yet to get a laugh. I also told the story about the friend with the tattoo leading into Hand Above The Water. The audience looked like a dog I had just showed a card trick.

I'm slowly going back and relearning some older songs. Hand was easier than I thought it was going to be. Almost Beautiful gave me fits, it has some tricky chords. I'll probably do it next week.

I updated the webpage tonight. I now run the official Paul K page, but I can't find any of my original files to re-edit. I need to go through some discs, it's been 4 years since I changed anything and it needs a major revamp.

My page now includes a video page. There are no videos on it, at least not till I work out how to embed them. I'm bad at html.

Last night

Jul. 7th, 2010 08:22 am
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Only Coffee House In Town
Nice Guys
Color Of Your Eyes
How Can I Miss You?

Yeah, I did a safety set last night and it felt good. I realized before I went onstage that I could not remember how to play the bridge for Color Of Your Eyes. I finally got it just before I went on and it went well. I was worried about the How Can I Miss You, it's tough to play, but I got through it very well. Some of the switch back stuff I do on the strumming wasn't quite there, but it will be.

I am slowly getting the solo chops back, I still have a long ways to go.
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I'm headin to Billy Joe's in just a bit.
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I had the 2nd weirdest heckle ever tonight. I was doing FPN and someone asked for Def Leppard. I was struggling to remember the verse, I didn't have my big book with me, and someone grabbed something from a table, got up onstage in back of me ... and poured some sugar on me. A lot of sugar. There is a point at which your improv skills fail you. This was one of those points.

I played Low Self Esteem, Heaven Out On The Highway, Ghosts, FPN.


Jun. 29th, 2010 07:44 am
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I'm going to the Billy Joes open mike


May. 24th, 2010 09:25 pm
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I will be at the Billy Joes open mike tomorrow night.

Tonight ...

Apr. 6th, 2010 10:25 pm
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A little loose tonight, but a decent set. I need to play more guitar. I did
Last Ride (Nixon/Coleman)
Hey Dad (with a new verse)
Marilyn Monroe (Dan Bern)

Several folks came out to hang out with me, which is always a nice thing. And I broke a few people with FPN. I'm home the next couple of weeks, but expect to be back there in three weeks, maybe with some new songs, so come out and see me ...
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Once again I will be at Billy Joes tonight for the open mike. I'll be on sometime between 7:30 and 9. I won't be back again for a couple weeks.
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Heaven Out On The Highway
Side Effects

Both of the new songs went very well and FPN got the best reaction I have gotten at this open mike.

The lyrics for the two originals need a little touching up, they aren't quite there yet, but the music for both seems to be solid, and they are possibly the best I have done vocally. I may get back to playing solo shows again, locally even ...


Mar. 30th, 2010 04:13 pm
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I will be at the open mike at Billy Joes in West Des Moines
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It was a Christmas theme, so I learned a couple of Christmas Songs, and something WILDLY not Christmas, mostly because there was someone in the audience who I wanted to hear it.

Christmas At Ground Zero - Weird Al
Last Ride - Toyboat
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer - Elmo and Patsy

I was pretty bad ... my lack of solo time onstage really showed. I need to get back up there more
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Only Coffee House In Town

Got a pretty good response. There wasn't time for a second set.

I still need to tweak Nothing a little, but it's pretty solid now.

Oh ...

Aug. 4th, 2009 02:49 pm
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I will be at Billy Joe's tonight, if anyone is interested.


Jul. 21st, 2009 10:42 pm
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How Can I Miss You?
FPN - which flopped almost totally

and a second set
I Got Nothing - my Mahtowa song for this year, about my current lack of songwriting ability
Low Self Esteem
WYSIWYG - a request ... from some guys who used to come to the Boheme

All in all a pretty good night, even if FPN didn't do as well as it has. The new song works, but needs some tweaking.
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The open mike went well. I had stirred up some stuff the week before with my comments to the rather rude young man, but it amounted to nothing.

There were only a few players there, so I got 2 sets.

Low Self Esteem
Trophy Wife
Color Of Your Eyes

How Can I Miss You?

Safety sets, but just as well. I did mess up the bridge of Color Of Your Eyes, but I covered fairly well.

The amusing part of the evening was the sound guy lecturing me on how to work a microphone. I've spent a lot of time working out my microphone technique. I put the mike fairly high, so my head is a little back, so my throat is more open. Then I sing a little below it, so I don't pop it. These guys wanted me to sing right into it, cause it's "real directional". Yeah, I know that. I had them laughing by the end of my description of what singing right into it would do.

I think I am going to an open mike at the Alpine next week, which runs every other week. If that's good then I'll switch back and forth. But I do think this will be a regular thing now. Playing is a good thing.
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I will be at Billy Joe's in West Des Moines this evening for the open mike. I won't be there next weekend, but I think I may make this a regular thing for awhile. I need to be performing.

And I will do a short set at The Broiler in Ames Saturday night at 8ish. It will be about a 15 minute set, which means 3-4 songs, or a cut down version of Hey Dad.

Open Mike

Jul. 1st, 2009 10:00 am
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I went to the Open Mike last night. It was good and bad ...

First the bad
My guitar's electronics went out, I have to get it into the shop today. I was miked instead, which brings up bad #1
A condenser mike for the instruments, in a loud room. Especially with the nylon string guitar that came after me, miked guitars were REALLY bass heavy. He needs to ditch the condenser and get an SM57
Bass heavy generally ... he needs to ride the EQ a little, get rid of some of the low end.
The final guy in the rotation went over half an hour, with just jam-bandy sort of rhythm guitar stuff, which may have been cool if there had been someone to solo over it. Oh, and it was three songs, any of which would have made their point in 3:50.

The good
I played a pretty good set, even if I forgot the 70s verse in Hey Dad. I got a good response, and I played much better than I had any right to after so long off.

Only Coffee House
Bang My Bald Spot
Hey Dad !!!

There is a lot of talent there, the younger performers are very good, if a bit derivative, but that's to be expected. There is a lot that sounds like the very earnest 90s singer/songwriters, typical AA radio stuff. But good. I'll probably make this a regular thing, unless the bad outweighs the good, which right now it doesn't. They will need to clamp down on time soon, instigate the 3 songs or 15 minutes rule, then come back when the rotation comes round again.

Oh, and I got to hang out with [ profile] ka_klick, who I haven't seen since Demicon.


Jun. 30th, 2009 05:23 pm
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I'm heading off in moments to go play at an open mike ... where the standup comedy open mike used to be ... we'll see how I do, it's been awhile

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