First gig of the year and it felt like our first gig back. It was an honor to perform at the state-of-the-art theatre, Stephens Auditorium. The Goldfinch Room Songwriter Showcase hosts shows throughout the year featuring singer/songwriters. This focus on original music brings out the best in performers.
Aaron and I had several new songs we featured at our show and were pleased by the reactions and interactions, even with in this large space. There was laughter from Aaron's new tune, You Don't Know, about love's endearing miscommunications and how they tie us together. Heckling is encouraged at The High Crest shows, especially between the performers. It is moments like these that make the live music experience so special, so one of a kind. The listening audience is always an appreciative audience. Just know that the appreciation will always be reciprocated.
I can't explain how freeing it is, singing your songs in this arena. Our voices carried into the black open space of the auditorium, clear as a bell. There was no doubt, we were having fun! Everyone, despite the largeness of the space, felt connected. The notes and instruments carried our songs and our show. After all these years performing, that might be the easy part.
That is why I need highlight the care and professionalism that Tammy Koolbeck and the crew showed us. We have been trying to book this show for two years now and we stayed in touch to make it happen. Abileen and Rockwell were stoked to hang in the amazing green room complete with snacks and a large flat screen. We had an easy set up and sound check experience. Our friends and family in the audience were personally tended to with compassion. When traveling as a family, care and respect like this is met with enormous gratefulness.
Thank you, Goldfinch Room, for hosting and bringing attention to the singer/songwriters in the state of Iowa and thank you for treating the musicians and our craft with respect.
I would recommend this showcase to anyone wanting to connect personally to the ever-present song. We artists work to create something that means something to us, to our community and to our world. Your support and engagement is what keeps art and music alive.