You know the saying; “if a tree falls and no one’s around, does it still make a sound”? Well I have another version that I think is more fitting for one of last week’s performers. If an artist plays a song when no one’s around to hear it, do they still have something to say? The answer, as you can hopefully imagine, is a resounding YES. And Broderick Adams of Mount Ivy proves that not only can an artist have something to say, but that what they have to say can be so cleverly catchy and chillingly elegant that it makes you wish the whole world could hear… Unfortunately for this song bird, though, only four people were in attendance at my world famous open mic during his performance. So that being said, I’ll do my best to fill you in on what took place last week.
I’ll start with the band members. Not because I have a particular list that I plan on getting around to in this “article”, but mainly because it’s the easiest to not screw up. There’s only one member, Broderick Adams….wow, that was so easy, I think I might just finish on this as well.
Broderick Adams is a quiet soul on stage, but when he opens to sing, you get the idea that what he may lack in words, he makes up for in beautiful artistic observations and intuition. Keeping his performance light and friendly, you could really get a feel for how accessible he is as an artist and as a person. I found myself humming bits and pieces of his song long after I had heard it to which I can only think to attribute to some sort of musical witch-craft or wizardry, either way, his single song performance was certainly enchanting.
Broderick was not only the first performer of last weeks open mic; however, nor is he just someone with a beautiful talent and knack for making great music, he’s also a very good friend of mine and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to watch him perform..
With that in mind, It may be easy for you to assume that I’m writing about his performance simply because he’s a friend of mine. For all you know, he’s buying me dinner and movie for this. But before you go assuming things and before Broderick and I get into something neither one of us is emotionally stable enough for, lets talk about the facts. Broderick had a great performance and I really wish more people could’ve witnessed his unique brand of music. He’s been writing and producing music professionally for about two years now, and last week marked his first official performance as “Mount Ivy”. Which, to me, is noteworthy and special
Now, I’ll admit, I’m not EXACTLY sure how long he’s ACTUALLY been writing and producing for other artist, but do you really think I’m going to exert the energy necessary to walk into the next room and ask him? Go listen to NPR if you accuracy in your news. I’m a truth teller and truth tellers don’t worry about accuracy and facts. We worry about emotions and getting caught up in that sweet, sweet conjecture.
And to tell you the truth; my good friend, Mount Ivy, killed it last week along with all the other fantastic performers. If I learned anything about the show, it’s that not everyone is going to hear every beautiful song from any given talent at these open mics, but the only one missing out are the people not listening. Trees do make a sound when they fall and maybe this week you’ll join me in the mess.