Isn’t it amazing how you can be friends with someone for years and have no idea about how their special talents? Then they blow you away, suddenly shining and astounding you with their awesomeness.
That happened to me this week when I went to hear Short Fabulous do an open mic night in the City. I knew she did open mics, but I’d never been to one. I sort of pictured her sitting on a stool, strumming a guitar and moping aloud in the way all devastated open mic performers of my imagination do. But, boy did I have that wrong.
Short Fabulous strolled nonchalantly up to the stage, positioned the mic and introduced herself. Then, she launched into singing. A cappella style! The song was upbeat and it didn’t take long before the crowd was stomping and clapping along. She had fairly similar participation in her following 3 songs.
I enjoyed the fairly witty lines and her use of technically incorrect grammar, i.e. “more strong,” as we were earlier having a conversation about how people can get away with that in songs.
The open mic night did have several of those standard guitar-playing singers, including one young gentleman who sounded astonishingly like Tracy Chapman. I liked his set. The first performer was an elderly piano player who was absolutely amazing.
Later, there was also a violinist, a balding man in a baggy sweater, likely in his 60s, who then accompanied a young spoken-word artist. The comedian was a bit odd. First he explained that lesbians are all angry because there are no – erm, todgers, in their relationship. Gay men, however, are very, very happy because they have two. He then proceeded to tell very insulting jokes about his wife, after introducing her in the audience! Very interesting evening.