I just got home after our first performances. I had such a great time listening to wonderful new material and hearing valuable insight from the judges. I actually find it to be a treat to have people take the time to delve into lyrics and listen so intently to my work. I’ve come to really find one of the greatest gifts others can offer me is their time, ears, and sincere reaction to their experience. I also had the pleasure of sharing in the new work of so many other wonderful people and artists. I’m really enjoying getting know the other contestants as well as the entire Project M team. Everyone has been so kind…a little bit of kindness means a great deal.
I also just checked my blog and saw that I had two responses from people that are very special to me. The first was from the Pollays, who I’ve come to know through my work with Girls’ and Ladies’ Rock Camps. Halle Pollay is the organizer of those camps and is one of the coolest, sweetest people I’ve met. Her daughter Sarah (who loves music and has been blessed with a creative soul) is simply a light of joy and excitement for the arts. It’s amazing the positive people that come together in support of music.
The next response was from my Aunt and Uncle in my hometown of Darlington. I had one of my most humbling moments the other day when my aunt Danielle called me to ask me if I would sing for my young cousin Hunter’s music class for school music month. To mean something to a kid is probably one of the greatest achievements out there.
I don’t want to ramble on too much, so I’ll close with the music I’ve got running through me right now after an awesome conversation with Triple M’s Jessica Seeland. She asked me if I was a Dolly Parton fan and I about fell out of my seat when she told me that one of her favorite songs is “Coat of Many Colors”. That is a song that could make me cry at any given moment…mainly because I just love it so darn much!!! I love so many different styles and genres…motown, blues, oldies, soul, rock, folk, but I have to admit my favorite version of country music is traditional country. I guess when I listen to traditional country music I feel like I’m not only hearing someone pour their raw emotion over a classic melody, but also getting a visual and emotion evoking snap shot. I got a lot of that when I performed at a steel guitar show this weekend in Wisconsin Rapids with my band mate Kyle Scott. There was a lot of amazing traditional country music in the air, but Kyle threw a twist on the event when he asked me to perform Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” with him. The audience seemed to really appreciate having a soul song as part of their experience. And hearing those steel bends in something other than country is so striking and beautiful. So thank you Kyle and steel guitar players. And thank you Jessica for the Dolly reminder:) And THANK YOU Triple M for a night that warmed my ears and heart.