So this is a recording by someone at an old old show (thanks person!). The song is called “Ways You Love Me” and I wrote it when I was 17. I never put instrumentation to it and actually never really intended on singing it, but I found early on in my performing life that it served two purposes:
1. calming me down if I was nervous…i.e. I didn’t need to play an instrument (which sometimes makes me more nervous), I just had to sing (which almost never makes me nervous). And it’s kind of a fun song to sing. I would start a set with it just to get myself in the mood.
2. quieting down a particularly loud room. People (usually) tend to quiet down once they notice someone singing a capella, as it’s easier to hear what the person is singing. My favorite moments have been turning an incredibly noisy crowd so quiet the only other sound you could hear was the cash registers of the bar. Didn’t always happen, but when it did, I knew I was going to have a good show.