Last night I played an open mic at a coffee shop. It not as much as an open mic but a hand picked list of people. A lot of singer/songwriters and then a few cover players (like me!). The audience watches and listens, it's quiet. So after a nice cup of coffee I get up to do my two songs. A fellow I knew chatted with me in the "Green room" so I didn't have time to dwell on my nerves. Host introduces me, I check the levels, tell a joke and launch right into my first tune. Get to the first turn around and THEN the wave of nerves hits me. Shaky knees and stuff. I heard Johnny Cash would say "hello, I'm Johnny Cash..." And then launch in while everyone was whooping about the intro. Well I'm no Johnny Cash...I wonder at what point the adrenaline wore off for him? Did I mention the coffee shop simulcasts this with video over the internet? It actually went quite well, just felt like sharing.