Monday, October 30, 2006

Coffee Shop Jam

The Coffee Shop Jam was fun. Highlights included the seven year old boy playing "Wild Thing" on the electric guitar, my guitar teacher's original composition, and the first performer's cover of a song by newcomer Diana Jones. People enjoyed my performance, even though I don't think I got one single B7 chord right. I even stopped the song for a few seconds to find it the third time. Aiee! But I was into the song, the audience gave full participation with the animal noises, and the scary story "The Graveyard Voice" went over well. It was a relief to finish the song and start on the story. From that one performance, I've become enamored of my voice over the microphone. "Enamored" may not be the right word, but as I began the story, I thought, "Wow, this is good. I need to get one of these for myself." Bede, Lucia, and Ulric came to the Coffee Shop Jam to cheer me on. To Lucia's credit, she clapped for every song, danced to a few of the songs in the beginning, and was particularly interested in the seven year old playing the guitar. That night, we heard Lucia playing "guitar concert" with her dollies.

Before the show, I talked a bit with the first performer of the set, a woman who'd been playing for awhile and had attended the Puget Sound Guitar Camp. She said, "There's someone performing who's a children's librarian and will be doing both a children's song and a story. I'm looking forward to that." I beamed.

Someone took photos, which may be available at some point in the future. In the meantime, imagine I looked something like this, were I 20 years younger:

Joan Jett in the 1980's



Alkelda in the 1980's

6 comments:

limpy99 said...

That's an incredible likeness. And now I can't get "I love Rock 'n Roll" out of my head. Thank you. Thank you very much.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Limpy99: Anytime!!

Lady K said...

LOL That's the exact song that started in MY head when I saw those photos. Seriously...thanks a lot.

Sounds like that was a really good time! Glad you had fun with it.

Lone Star Ma said...

Rock on(:

Nonny said...

You are the coolest mom on the planet! You better ask Santa for that microphone. I'm so glad things went well, but why didn't Brad come? Was he banned from the coffee shop?

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Ahh, you noticed Brad's absence. Earlier this year, there was an unfortunate incident when the Deadbeat Crawdads played at that particular coffee shop. Not just Brad, but all the members of the Deadbeat Crawdads are personae non gratiae (sp?) at a large number of the independent coffee-shops. One of the few coffee-shops that will still allow Brad the Gorilla through its doors is Verite/Cupcake Royale up the hill from us. They are unfazed by all the children coming in and dribbling cupcake crumbs on the floor, and amazingly enough, they have always welcomed Brad, too. Of course, Brad hasn't yet brought his band to the coffee-shop...