I ain’t going to front. Tuesday nights has been suckin’ recently. Fewer and fewer people have been attending.
So, for the hell of it, I stopped playing my usual chill music, music featuring the likes of Portishead and Tricky. First, I played “I Don’t Mind”, a drum-n-bass number by Urban Soul Selective featuring Elizabeth Troy.
At this time, a white couple was sitting at the bar counter, a couple who looked thirty-something.
I handed both of them a copy of recently made flyers.
I played UB40’s “Falling In Love” next. The woman began tapping her feet to it.
A white guy who looked fifty-something walked in. After ordering his brew, a woman walked in and joined him at the table. Both dressed somewhat professionally, as if they were lawyers.
I gave these two flyers also.
The first couple left. Yet, as the dude left my flyer on the bar counter, the woman kept hers.
Next, I played Incognito’s soulful version of “Tin Man”, a song originally released by folk rock band America.
But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man/ that he didn’t, didn’t already have…
I stayed on this vibe for the next couple of songs. When I landed on Des”ree’s “You Gotta Be”, the woman from the second couple kissed the guy on the cheek.
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm/you gotta stay together…
Three more people entered and sat at the bar, two white guys and a white woman. All three looked to be in their thirties.
As I continued on my vibe, two more white guys and a woman entered. These folks looked to be in their twenties. One of them (Kyle) was a regular. His friends began singing along with Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song”.
“That’s the original version!” I yelled. Many people may recognize the Fugee’s version.
I gave these three flyers too.
About three songs later, I played Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”.
“Sing it, Obama!” I yelled.
Every since The President sung it, I’ve been playing the song a lot more. I am very damned proud to have a President who can sing Al Green. It’s the best thing since having a president who played the sax.
Because they seemed unamused, the other three people at the bar worried me. Yet, their ordering another round quieted those worries.
Soon, I drifted into faster paced music. Yet, these were mostly sounds from the 80s and 90s, folks like Soul II Soul and Michael Jackson singing “Scream” with his sister Janet.
The sing-a-long trio had already left. So, did the couple. A guy from the other trio requested “Two Princes” by the Spin Doctors. (And where the fuck is that group now?) The same guy requested two more songs: “Who’s Johnny?” by El Debarge and “I Get Around” by Tupac.
Yet, as him and his two friends left, it was the other guy of this trio who thanked me and left a ten dollar tip. The dude who requested three songs from me didn’t tip me shit. Also, unlike his two friends, he left the flyer I gave him on the bar counter.
Here’s something I’m starting to notice. The more hip-hop and soul I play, the more and better tips I receive. This happened during my 90s hip-hop gig two weeks ago.
Also, I noticed folks seemed to have a better time versus my previous Tuesday nights. As long as people know most of the songs, they don’t mind listening to chill music. Another thing, contrary to popular belief, you don’t always have to play the current hits. Sometimes, it’s best to leave that to spots who cater to douche-bags and bimbos.
I don’t know about turning Tuesdays into a full soul and hip-hop night. Yet, I do know I’m playing more if it.