I posit that it’s from two years of being stared at which makes me wary of putting myself in the spotlight on purpose these days. Or did I really become a hardcore introvert during Peace Corps, destined to sit quietly while other people get all the glory?
As an Aries (who is supposed to be fiery and outgoing), I’m not sure the latter explanation can be accepted, so we’ll go with the former for now and say that my urge to participate in Open Mic Nights will be realized in 2014.
I’ve been to 3 such inspirational evenings since moving to Monterey, and each one had me clapping calmly while simultaneously racking my brain for ideas so that, should the stars align and my distaste for all eyes being upon me vanish in a puff of smoke, I would have something to share with the audience.
I haven’t 100% come up with anything yet, but I’ve thought about:
- looking back at my poetry to see what shape that is in, possibly writing another poem or two to see where those skills lie these days
- reading other stuff I’ve written—what’s that called, free verse? or does that just apply to poems that don’t rhyme? (See? I don’t even have the jargon down yet.)
- practicing my mandolin, learning a good song or two, maybe even with singing involved
- singing? just my voice? scary. but doable. probably.
Other people have done all this, plus comic acts, plus dancing, plus rapping. It’s incredibly fun and inspiring to watch. Even the bad people have something to offer—their courage to get up in front of an audience with the possibility that they’ll fail (and some of them do), but the confidence that it won’t ruin them forever. And those dynamic performers who bring the house down? I wanna be like them!
Okay, I’ve convinced myself. A goal for myself in 2014: to participate in Open Mic nights, beyond just judging the poetry slams, which I’ve been roped into twice now.
How do you feel about open mic nights? Do they scare you or excite you? Would you ever (or have you ever) participate in one? What would you (or did you) perform?
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