The Ugly Mug (open mic) – December 27, 2021

Twenty Twenty-one afforded few opportunities to perform live, but I was able to visit The Ugly Mug twice before the close of the year. I’ve been a regular patroon of the cafe since the mid-1990s, and I first performed at their weekly open mic in 2009. I’m hoping there will be more opportunities to perform in 2022!

  1. Old Year, Fly Away, by Wellesley Shatwell
  2. A Prayer, by Clinton Scollard
  3. Wood Song, by Sara Teasdale
  4. I Love Too Much, by Sara Teasdale

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Lord, Let Me Know What Is My End

I wrote and recorded this song in Niamey, Niger, back in 2012. It is based on Psalm 39.

Lyrics:

Lord, let me know
What is my end
That I might see
That life is short

A strong wind blows
From east to west
So go men’s souls
Drifting away

I need your hand
I need your grace
That I might stand
And see your face

Lord, let me know
My end is near
That I might see
How fleeting is life

For every man is but a breath
That passes by and is no more

I need your hand
I need your grace
That I might stand
And see your face

Lord, let me know
What is my end
That I might see
How small I am

Like leaves that fall
Are the deeds of man
Formed in glory
Then cast away

Oh Lord, my God
You are my King
So I will sing
And hymn my God

Glory to God, King of kings
Glory be to the King of kings, yeah

Lord, let me know
What is my end
That I might see
How great You are
How great You are
How great You are

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The Ugly Mug (open mic) – November 15, 2021

First open mic in nearly two years. I debuted the following:

1. “The Answer” (1915), by Sara Teasdale
2. “Leaves” (1915), by Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale contributed three poems to Poetry, A Magazine of Verse, in 1915, including the two selections above and “Morning.” These were subsequently published in Rivers to the Sea, also published in 1915.

My 34th open mic appearance at The Ugly Mug.

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