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Open mic — The Ugly Mug (2)

Cut one of my pic fingers, so I wore a bandage on that finger. Probably should have played without the bandage as it made strumming a bit tricky. Not a flawless performance, but I did play three songs with passion:

1. We Never Said Goodbye (original)
2. Scarborough Fair (traditional, arranged by Mark Adams)
3. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, abbreviated (arranged by Mark Adams)

Simon & Garfunkel popularized “Scarborough Fair;” the lyrics (minus Simon’s additions) date to the Renaissance. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” by T.S. Eliot, is now in the public domain. My arrangement is mostly spoken word (Dm-G strumming pattern), with chorus, “The women, they come and go, talking of Michelangelo” — in Eliot’s poem, the refrain is, “In the room the women come and go/ Talking of Michelangelo” — and also a bridge, which I didn’t sing as I abbreviated the song for the open mic. (Apologies to Eliot.)

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