Open Mic Adventures V: “There’s a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place)”

It’s still summertime, but the first hints of autumn are starting to creep into the air.  It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is only about eleven weeks away!  All the autumnal fun will be upon us before we know it.

We also enjoyed some unseasonably low humidity in South Carolina this weekend, along with temperatures in the mid-eighties.  It’s been quite pleasant this weekend; a pleasant foretaste of fall.

Still, it might be a tad early for Halloween music.  Nevertheless, a musician friend‘s wife has been begging John and me to do some tunes from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).

Naturally, we obliged.

For my short set (open mics typically allow two songs), I went with “There’s a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place).”  I’ve always enjoyed the interesting chord progression in this tune, which is nothing too crazy, but there are some fun little surprises, such as the walk from A major to A minor.  There’s also a very fun build-up on the bridge, which I think might be one of my favorite bridge sections.

I can’t get behind the message of Rocky Horror these days, but I do enjoy the campy music.  I’m a big sucker for late 1950s/early 1960s pop, rock, and, doo-wop, so I appreciate that style showing up so much in the film.  I also like schlocky horror films, so it makes sense that I’d like the music from Rocky Horror.

Here’s to the approach of fall—and to many more open mic nights!

Rock on,


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5 thoughts on “Open Mic Adventures V: “There’s a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place)”

  1. Wow, that shirt is loud! 🙂

    One of the things I love about your performances is that the further through the song you go, the more passionate you get. There was a little ‘hell yeah’ partway through that – I love it! 🙂

    By the way, do my eyes deceive me or is the lad, who sits at the front, a constant feature in your shows? I’m sure I’ve seen him there on each of your songs.

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    • Hahahaha, thanks! It’s my Jim Hopper/_Magnum PI_ shirt, haha.

      Thanks! Yes, I do like to dig into the performances. I love the bridge on this tune and the way it builds back into the chorus.

      You are probably seeing Eric; he is the host /emcee of the open mic at Pop’s, and a crackin’ classical pianist in his own right. He also sings and plays guitar, and is a bit of a local celebrity in the indie music scene around here.

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      • If his performances are recorded, maybe you might pop one or two up?

        Personally, though, I want to see more Tyler and I have another request. Not off the wall or daft this time. I think this song has great rhythm and soul.

        Ain’t Living Long Like This (Am I Baby?) by Waylon Jennings. I think it’s played on piano and guitar but could quite easily be done solely on piano. I reckon it’d fit your voice well. 🙂

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      • Yeah, he is quite good. I’ll try to get some recordings of him. I didn’t make it out last night due to a new student orientation at school, and I needed that time at the house to prep for school.

        I think THAT is a cover I can pull off, haha! Pretty soon you’ll be asking me to cover Dream Theater or something. : D

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  2. Port!!! You didn’t tell us to bring our party favors!!!

    Back in the day, my daughter played Janet and my son played Eddie. They became ‘locally’ famous, lol. I was famous for being the loudest mouth in the theater, lol!!!

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