Halik reading a criticism of Open Mic, available in HD
Here are some videos from the Borella Open Mic. I apologize for the quality, was way too dark. They look a bit better in HD, but you have to click through to YouTube for that. Thought this one was interesting. Bit different cause we had it in a house. We are wandering a bit like diaspora Jews but that has its own value as well. Please try to behave, however. The first video was a criticism of Open Mic, which is worth listening to.
The point, to me, is not necessarily poetry or music or art, though that is great. I think it’s about freedom, ah. Just that you are actually free to speak and write and do whatever you feel. It can be political or sexual or offensive or even bad. Just that it is possible.
Per the criticisms, which I really think is more just a comment, I guess I agree with a lot of it. I don’t think being a group of friends is necessarily bad. This was never intended to be a mass-market thing, really more of a salon. It is also open and most of the stuff I enjoyed the most I was often meeting the people for the first time. There is a trust there on our side and I hope people don’t abuse it.
Organizing Open Mic is a drain on our personal resources (me, Tracy, Jehan) and I have to ask favors of my friends and family (and expose them to risk). I do, however, believe that breaking the fear (and boredom) that grips this city is important. But it is an open thing, so it’s also important that people who participate also take responsibility for themselves and their friends.
But yadda yadda, this one had some interesting songs from Wagon Park and this girl Lucy (singing a Hafez poem). I had some relationship poems which I think were, entertaining and Halik and Harean and assorted H’s always deliver. That’s just off the top of my head. It’ll take me a week to upload everything.
Wagon Park Singing Dom, In Maldivian (Dhivehi)
Prasad reading Veysee, a short entirely fictional story by Shehan Karunatilaka
Me reading Honey Glaze, a poem
You can view the rest of the video at youtube.com/samarajiva. Will try to put together in playlist.
Next one should be next Thursday (2nd) in Colpetty, God Willing.