OLWG #134- Backstage Lady

This week’s prompts are at the bottom. The words below are just practice. Practice makes perfect.

Here’s how to play along, if you are unsure.



It was Nashville. I was sixteen years old and had my Grampa’s old guitar strapped across my back when I signed up for the open mic contest. The prize was five hundred dollars and I had written a song about my Momma, my broken heart, and a dog because the rules said you could only perform an original piece, something that you had written.

When I checked in with the lady backstage she told me that I’d be going on right after a guy named Marvin Joplin.

I waited. When I heard them introduce Marvin I got ready and moved to the wings. I listened as he performed a song that I had heard Johnny Cash playing on the radio that very day. As he was getting into the bridge, I went to the backstage lady and complained, “You said that we had to perform an original song.”

“That’s right,” she said.

“I heard Johnny Cash play that song on the radio,” I continued.

“Yes,” she smiled and drew the vowel out long and slow.

I asked her if I could go on later, not right now, not right after Marvin Joplin.


This week’s prompts are:

  1. Humor and truth
  2. Cut deep
  3. I don’t need an excuse

  1. Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!

  2. Write something big, Write something small,
    Write something
    Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need and, have fun!

11 thoughts on “OLWG #134- Backstage Lady

  1. Your story reminds me of my Open Mic memory… The gal in charge made her own rules for herself but everyone else had different ones…
    Anyway I’m not quite back in to my own routine, but I’m trying to keep up with prompts… so here’s a smoosh: A Weekend To Remember…

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