Mary hosts Ritual Cafe’s Second Thursday Open Mic. We welcome all artists, in any discipline, at any level.
Mary gives out Songwriting assignments (prompts). You may think you’re “blocked”, but you’re not. The well is deep. Pick up your pen. This is a safe and supportive Open Mic to try out new material and learn the stage. Every second Thursday of the month. Don’t be shy, c’mon down, we’ll get you on.
7-9 PM, every second Thursday of the month, On 13th Between Grand and Locust, Downtown Des Moines, IA
Do your art.
February 2012 “I know you by heart”
January 2012 ”Desperate”
December 2011 ”Pride before the fall”
November 2011 ”Wasted wishes”
September 2011 “I was wrong: a day came when I didn’t think of you”. From Dave Lucas’s poem, Sept. 2010, The Sun Magazine.
August 2011 “Water from a deeper well”
July 2011 “Hometown advantage”
June 2011 “One side of a conversation” Thanks to Julie Lupke, a local poet, for this months prompt.
May 2011 “Describe a perfect world”
April 2011 “Fate will find a way”
March 2011 “The Sky is the limit” Em, G, D, B7
November 2010 “The earth tastes the rain” G, Am, C, D This months assignment comes from a poem read tonight by Julie Lupke. Thanks Julie!
May 2010 Usually I give a phrase, but this last month I gave a picture. I’ll include it here. This image comes from The Sun Magazine and with permission from the photographer. I’m including a link to the song that Chad Elliott (Iowa songwriter) wrote after looking at the picture. He’s good. So is his song! To hear his song, go to http://www.chadelliott.net/listen.html Song #7 is “Oak Tree Grave”.
April 2009 “Love on the First” Try Bb, Eb, F, Gm