A while back I read that the 17th Street Market and Music Store was holding a 17th Street Idol competition for singer/songwriters. I entered the category for amateurs. The professional category was for singers who earn some money selling their music or performing. That ain’t me.
The first phase was the audition. Three judges, 45 amateur contestants and a lot of jitters for me. I only get a little nervous when performing but this was verrrry different. I sang “Summertime in Tucson” and shook all the way through. I knew I hadn’t passed muster. But, surprisingly, after a week or two chiding myself, I learned I had made the semi finals.
I realized that I was thinking about this all wrong. I decided to approach the semis not as an audition but as a performance.
At the semis I decided to peform, “The Night New Orleans Drowned.” It was a great song choice, all the judges had great things to say and a few folks told me they would see me in the finals. Cool! And they turned out to be right.
At the finals I decided to ride the “New Orleans” horse that got me there and I “placed,” that’s right, I took second. Way Cool! I even won a guitar.
You can listen to “The Night New Orleans Drowned” by clicking above.. If you like it you can download a copy from iTunes or Amazon. Click here for Amazon. Click here for iTunes. You can also buy my CDs at CD Baby.
Like I blogged in the post, “Getting off the But,” I put myself out there, stretched myself and was rewarded. Even if I hadn’t placed, the experience helped me grow. That’s the real reward.
Thanks to Jim and Frank and all the folks at 17th Street Market for the opportunity.