My First Time….Coming to the stage…..Joyful Noize

The date was April 14, 2012.  The venue was The Sweet Shop in downtown Greensboro.  And the hostess was Outspoken Fire.

With a new book about to be “birthed”, I decided that I needed to start PARTICIPATING in more poetry, open mic and spoken word events.  A lover of poetry, I attend on a regular basis but I don’t participate.  I’ve read a few times before from “HIGH On Love & Addiction” and a performed a piece at a Whitney Houston tribute but I hadn’t memorized anything to recite.  That was my goal.  I wanted to participate in at least one event each month and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.  I was comfortable with the venue as it is one of my favorite places downtown, so it feels a bit like home.  There was a modest amount of attendees and I didn’t want to put my name on the list.  With two of my friends by my side, I took the plunge and wrote down my “stage name”…Joyful Noize.  When my name was called, I walked up to the stage and recited “First Love”.  My voice shook and my stomach felt as if I were on a roller coaster, but I got through it.  I realized my obstacles. 1. Being on a stage and above everyone. 2. not having a piece of paper to “protect” me from the crowd.  But, I overcame them both.  I’m ready for at least seven more performances.

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