Greetings & Happy New Year,
Hopefully, 2013 ended in swimming fashion for you and the first few days of 2014 have been full of good times. It certainly has on my end, and I feel immensely pleased to be able to say that.
Right before my birthday, I was FINALLY able to perform in
. Nashville has been really elusive for me over the years. Each time that I had something in the works, it fell through on at least five separate occasions, so I was very pleased to be able to jump on the microphone after years of trying. I had such a good time that I decided to go back last Monday night. My second time around also proved to be a great time, and I had a tremendous time performing and getting to meet new and creative people. Music City
Over the years, I’ve been humbled on MANY occasions. I’ve had the opportunity to share the stage with a number of personal heroes, to touch people through my work, etc. One of the most humbling experiences of my life occurred in
, though. Nashville
One of the young women that I met, who is a lovely spirit and poet, bought my chapbook Ghosts & Echoes. She was reading through it, and leaned over to ask me if she could read one of my pieces on the mic. That’s something that I’ve never encountered before, and I was really taken aback by the request… in a good way. I told her that I would be honored if she wanted to read it, and a few minutes later, she made her way to the stage.
I sat there, watching her read the piece, and it was surreal. I was both in the moment and transported back to when I wrote it, and the person that I wrote it for. It was overwhelming, honestly. I came DANGEROUSLY close to shedding a few tears, because it was extremely touching.
I feel that 2013 was a big year for affirmation. In many ways, I feel like it’s the year that I really stretched out as an artist, but more importantly, I feel that it’s the year where I learned to truly connect and be connected through my art. This experience was the icing on the cake, brothers and sisters. I know that nothing in this life is promised, but my hope is to continue to connect, to affect and be affected, and continue to make the most of this journey. I really don’t have any other option anyway.
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