Community…the good, the bad and the “hey a little personal space please!” Open Mic Challenge Day 3

Jill Cagney’s appearance at Carol and Bobby’s open mic in Rumson, as she takes on 7 in 7 days.


ImageCommunity: a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists.

Being a musician, especially a solo artist, can sometimes be a very isolating thing.  You are alone when you write, when you rehearse and often are seen as eccentric within the larger community you live in.  Perhaps that is why musicians tend to form their own communities with each other.  I have seen this over and over again…in Toronto, in Knoxville Tennessee and especially in the Asbury Park shore-ish area of NJ.  My experience with other musicians is that they (for the most part) look out for each other, help each other with gigs, instruments, back up vocals, contacts and on and on.

So it was last night at Molly Maguire’s.  Many of the musicians there were also at…

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