Friday, 12 December 2008
K did her first public performance the other night, at a local 'Open Mike' night.
It wasn't a full house, but it was still a major hurdle to cross. Knowing my aversion to public speaking, I was well impressed by how well she did.
She kicked off with 'Autumn Leaves'. Then reprieved with her own song, 'Devil in Your Hair'.
For a quiet house there was tons of applause, so she did Audioslave's 'Like a Stone' as an encore. That went down a storm, so she sat down but was dragged up again, to sing 'Billie Jean' with another guitarist (whom she'd never played with) doing backing guitar. Then the Beatles' 'Across the Universe' with the same guy. Finally, still not off the hook, she was called back to close the evening with 'I'm Going to Haunt You'.
She did really well and enjoyed herself a lot; professional as a cucumber, no one could believe it was her first gig, and she was implored to go to a bigger open mike night in Maidstone, and to another in a working men's club on the Isle of Sheppey.
I don't know where she got that kind of courage from (but it wasn't me). Proud parents we may be, but watch this space!