Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Open Mic

You may remember a post not too long ago about me being a Chicken. Well, I am no longer a chicken!

Last week, Joel and I had another guitar lesson. I'm learing so much and it's really quite cool. After the lesson, I picked up Courtney and we headed over to Mulligans Sport's Bar and Grille for another round of $1 burgers and open mic goodness. Joel rocked out as usual. I know he's my teacher and everything, but he's one of those guys who really is very, very talented. He plays great and has a great voice as well. So, he asked me to play again and I was ready this time. Well, sort of. I wasn't exactly sure which songs I was going to do so I had to think on the fly. I picked 3 songs that I thought would be fun and that I wouldn't screw up too bad. Here was the set list:

Now, I didn't sound nearly as good as any of the above videos, but I did OK. I was very nervous, so I messed up a couple of times on guitar and I missed a few notes while singing, but now that's all out of the way. Next time I'll be eveb better. I've been working on more songs and getting better art the ones I've already done. (You've got to have a couple of go-to songs in your bag)

Sadly, Pittsburgh is covered in ice and snow, so there will be no performance this week, but here's a picture from last week to get you excited for more posts and to help you feel like you were there.

Listen to one of the videos and stare at this picture...You'll totally think you were there!

This has been a dream of mine for some time and I'm really happy that I'm finally taking advantage of it. I'm not saying I'm awesome or anything, but I think it's rare that you get to try something you've always wanted to try. Is there anything ou've always wanted to do but haven't because of fear or lack of opportunity?

BTW - That's the longest my hair has been since I was in 4th grade. I've always wanted long hair so I'm trying to grow it out. We'll see how it goes!


  1. Yay for you Dustin - it's so awesome that you got up there and did it! Did you just imagine you were at YL club leading songs? Next time Courtney needs to put that video camera to work so we can see you perform!

  2. what!? no tambourine player? court! come on!

  3. The Triggers would like sometime to come and catch your show! Do you take requests? Along with Wonderwall, I'd like some Brown-eyed Girl, Sweet Home, and What I Like About You. Then I'll get up and do a Talk. Sean will dress as something silly, have people pin clothespins to their faces, and we'll call it a day.

  4. So fun! Can't wait till you invite me to join tambourine is ready. Until then, I will cheer happily from the crowd. Oh- and take photos and all around act like a proud stage mom. That's what I do.

  5. Very cool D. I liked seeing you conquer your fear/anxiety. I knew you'd be great. Would love to hear you in person sometime.

  6. Good for you Dustin, simply for having the courage to do something you really wanted to do! Two things - - leave the tambourine player on the sidelines (that will force her to re-learn to use her considerable keyboard skills!) - - and grow that hair, dude...the longest it's been since 4th grade? That's almost sinful! Get some long flowing locks before they turn gray!
    Again, way to go on the open mic!