Brothers and sisters, Your Friendly Neighborhood Christian is abuzz from a GREAT weekend. I did a feature performance at
Poetry in the Brew (if you’re in the area on the second Saturday of the month,
do yourself a favor and check it out), and I rolled into town on Friday. I
treated myself to a Tokyo Police Club show, my first dining experience at Jack
in the Box (it’s the little things), and an exploration of some of what the
city had to offer on Saturday before the event. It’s been years since I’ve
really spent any significant time in Nashville , and I
feel like I kind of connected with the city anew. Nashville
Poetry in the Brew on Saturday was really great. I had big fun just sitting back and hearing everyone else. It was definitely inspiring.
When the time came for me to jump on the mic, I ran through pieces from my chapbook Ghosts & Echoes, my EP Between Beauty & Bedlam, and a little somethin’ somethin’ new. I had an amazing time, and I can’t describe how it feels to be able to look into the eyes of people in an audience and see your work connect.
At the end of the night, I was really pleased to meet a good number of the people who read or were just hanging out. If you’ve known me or followed this humble little blog for any period of time, you know how much I enjoy CONNECTION (word of the day, kiddos!). It’s what I strive for in my work and in my personal life, probably because I feel like an alien a good bit of the time and I’m extremely fascinated with quelling that. If people are moved by my work, have invested their money in purchasing something, etc. I legitimately like to keep in touch with them. Hopefully, some of the people I met over the weekend will reach out soon.
Switching gears, as fate would have it, over the past two weeks, I’ve had some interesting conversations about connection, specifically when it comes to social media. In my most humble of opinions, a good number of us have become staunch voyeurs, and I can’t really wrap my head around it. We enjoy being plugged in to many things, but from a safe distance.
I think the whole dialogue really hit close to home because I am so open and value being connected in a genuine capacity with people, that it’s a really foreign notion for me to think that people just want to be in your company just because. If you send them a message on Facebook, you get no response, yet you’re Facebook friends. That kind of thing is a different beast that I just find incredibly remarkable. I’m no judging anyone, but I’m really pleased that I can’t function like that. It’s not for yours truly.
Well, that’s about all I’ve got for now. Be good, stay cool, and I’ll be in touch soon.
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