“Hazy Shade of Winter” Salim (Simon & Garfunkel)

Posted on December 28, 2009

Open Mic Monday!

Here’s Salim of Kenya with a cover of Simon & Garfunkel or the Bangles, depending on your age. I love this because there are animals making noise around the microphone while the man sings and plays. Cool guitar too.

“Rainy Days & Mondays” Aeryn Martin (The Carpenters)

Posted on September 21, 2009

There has been a deluge of rain around here for the past several days. So today on Open Mic Monday, “Rainy Days & Mondays” by renaissance woman Aeryn Martin. She’s got a good rich deep range. I probably shouldn’t have been, but I was surprised by how popular The Carpenters seem to be with Asian fans of karaoke and women who own 5 or more cats. But finally I found this version which I believe you will enjoy. Here’s to Sunny Days & Tuesdays coming your way very soon.

New Idea for Mondays – Open Mic Night

Posted on September 08, 2009

Mondays were always the slow nights on the Strip (Tuscaloosa’s row of college bars and music venues). So that’s when anyone could usually grab a guitar and step on stage for a few tunes. I can remember my Buckaroo Banzai bandmate Judge and I getting cheers for our slow acoustic “I Think We’re Alone Now” and then being summarily booed into submission for “I Kissed a Girl” (by a women’s softball team no less).

I’ve been having an internal debate over whether or not to post “amateur” or “fan” covers on this site. It has been a frustration as I scour sites like YouTube and DailyMotion that for one clip that I want to share with you, I must get through 20 or so clips from bands that have poor sound quality or from fans sitting in front of their computers with out of tuned guitars.

However, there are some real gems out there. So every Monday, I’ll find one and post it here. If possible, I’ll post what I can find out about the band or fan. Having been there and done that, if I can help someone get some publicity, then I’d like to help. But I will do everything I can to find clips with good audio and visual quality and with something to contribute, meaning a fresh take on a classic.