A funny thing happened to me a couple of years ago. A throw away comment in a new year's blog post in which I announced my plan to sing in public, saw me a month later standing on stage like a frightened rabbit at the weekly open mic night at La Sra Pop. I won't lie, I was scared beyond belief. But what came out of my mouth wasn't all that bad. In fact, I'd even go so far as to say I sort of enjoyed it (although I can't vouch for the audience). And so began my entry in the sometimes surreal world of open mics nights - or micro abierto in Spanish. Most of my experiences have been a the twice weekly occasions (Sunday and Monday nights) organised by Dani Mata at la Sra Pop. But from what I can tell the format tends to be the same. In this case, Dani usually opens the night by playing a couple of his own songs, after which the microphone is literally open to anyone who wants to take the stage. This often tends to include quite a lot of men and guitars, playing their own compositions or cover versions. That's not to say there aren't some amazing talented female singers who take the stage, but for some reason recently they seem to be in the minority. Fun collaborations abound - mixing up styles, instruments, and tastes. There's also a place for poetry recital, stand up comedy, and even beat box. For me as a member of the audience and occasional participant, it feels like being part of a dysfunctional family, but one where everyone is accepted. In fact, what touches me far more than the more accomplished performers, are those that take the stage, voices trembling and fingers refusing to play the right chords. After all, it's allowing others to see our vulnerability that makes us who we are, and so to all the brave ones, I salute you. So, if you're tempted to take the stage, or just want to go enjoy the micro abierto vibe, here's where you'll find some regular open mic nights in Seville.