Last week I went along to my first ever open mic night. My primary function was to sit back, relax and be an appreciative audience whilst Kev accompanied our friend and his kids for bits of their set, but I ended up having a bit of a sing too. I must admit, when I’d agreed to the possibility of singing a few days before, I hadn’t fully appreciated the enormity of what I was signing up to. I’d gigged in choirs and done karaoke before … it’d be fiiiiine…
Turns out, singing solo without subtitles is a somewhat different ballgame to singing en masse with friends, rather like I imagine playing football at Wembley is a somewhat different ballgame to kicking a ball about in the back garden. Behold – some of my open mic night observations!
- Open mic nights can cause heartbeats, normally quiet and unobtrusive, to reach levels of volume you never knew were possible.
- Open mic nights can cause the successful removal of a microphone from a microphone stand to become a task that is completely beyond you.
- Open mic nights can cause any ability to remember song lyrics, even when you’ve written them, to be immediately removed from your being upon taking to the stage.
- Open mic nights, half a verse into a song you’ve never sung before, are not the optimal time to realise that you only really know the chorus…
- Open mic nights, once your heartbeat has quietened down, you’ve worked out how to use the mic, you’re onto a song you properly know and are generally starting to get into it a bit, are really rather fun!
Interested in seeing how someone whose heartbeat has quietened down, who’s worked out how to use a mic, who’s onto a song she properly knows and is generally starting to get into it a bit sounds like?