A Tribute to Friends … and Rain

She Sang Says:

“Human kindness is overflowing.  And I think it’s gonna rain today…” – Randy Newman

It did. It rained outside as we played. And inside, friends slowly trickled in. They sat solo or in ponds of twos or more. After our second set, channels were formed caused by introductions and common friends and interests. And ponds turned into rivers intersecting, gathering. Tonight, the rain outside was cold yet light. But inside, a flood of love and warmth kept us afloat as we played on stage, sometimes confident, often nervous. By the end of the night, our hearts were overflowing. Love.

Thank you to our friends that came to our last show of the year at Bella’s Pizzeria. We were different tonight. We’ve gone through several phases since we began the He Sang She Sang journey. We’ve been rinky dink, then slightly polished. Then with the addition of our cajon, Bugbog, we entered the new territory of heavier songs that pulsated. Like what He Sang said in his last entry, the way we played our instruments changed as well: the soundscape his guitar pedals opened up for us enabled me to explore my keyboard sounds. We also had to change the way we sang to cut through our new instrumentation. Tonight, I think we’re on a new phase. Everyone who came tonight is a witness to this. If you’ve never heard us before then you wouldn’t know how far we’ve come. But, new to us or not, you came. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.

She Sang

Photo courtesy of Sheri Garza Pope. It's always wonderful to see Sheri's lovely smile. And as always when she's there, we did our version of "Come Together" (Beatles) with her in mind.
Photo courtesy of Sheri Garza Pope. It’s always wonderful to see Sheri’s lovely face, smiling, and sometimes hidden behind a camera. She’s a great photographer and have taken many photos of us because she’s supported us ever since we’ve known her and her darlin’, Robert.  And as always when she’s there, we did our version of “Come Together” (Beatles) with her in mind.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Fritz. It was his first time to see our 3-hour show. He came early and enthusiastic and brought a friend, Brian, who made me nervous because he and Jeff were in an all-Beatles tribute band. It was so good to see them both!
Photo courtesy of Jeff Fritz. It was his first time to see our 3-hour show. He came early and enthusiastic and brought a friend, Brian, who made me nervous because he and Jeff were in an all-Beatles tribute band. It was so good to see them both! (Bronne told Jeff that it seemed his camera was rocked by us long time from the looks of this photo. Hahaha! We appreciate the shot, though, and the kind words he shared.)
Photo courtesy of Marilyn Pierce. This lady has changed my life and still is. She and her lovely husband, Johnny, have been our greatest supporters.
Photo courtesy of Marilyn Pierce. This lady has changed my life and still is. She and her lovely husband, Johnny, have been our greatest supporters. Marilyn is a songwriter, herself, and a published author. Her book is called “Ground Work before Pound Work” and is all about creating life changed from inside and out. She is sunshine and love!
Photo courtesy of Randy Moore (far left on photo).  Randy and Tina are the wonderful parents of Chris, our friend of 4 years. He's home to visit and will be going back to Morocco where he resides (for now). We love these people and they came, even though it was such a long drive for them.
Photo courtesy of Randy Moore (far left on photo). Randy and Tina are the wonderful parents of Chris, our friend of 4 years. He’s home to visit and will be going back to Morocco where he resides (for now). We love these people and they came, even though it was such a long drive for them.

He Sang Says:

Would our plans come to bear? Would we be rained out? Would people come just after celebrating Christmas? Questions in my head could be answered only by going through the gig at Bella’s. As we set up, the smell of rain hung in the air… 10 minutes to the start of first set… the tables and chairs all look so orderly as they always do when they are unsat in… And so we were set to start the first set to an empty room, save for the nice family that was finishing their early dinner.

Then, first to come in was Jeff Fritz and Brian. Thank you, you two. A good pair of ears is always a good sign to the start of any show. As we warmed up through our first tunes, we then saw our Moroccan temp resident and good friend Chris Korb come in… This will not be a bad night…

By the first break, who else were we fortunate and honored to play for? In addition to Jeff, Brian, and Chris K, our good friends Marilyn and Johnny, Randy and Tina, Sheri Pope, Sheri Walton, Robin Roberts and Jon Bloom, Nate Godbee (love the eye accents, Nate) and Sam, Amy Linton, JJJ and Adrienne, Brad W and Tram (congrats again!), and Jamie Kohns and Mrs. Kohns. We also were graced by the presence of “The family” (thank you for choosing to sit near us and listen, from your faces and smiles we are glad to know you enjoyed our performance)(we hope to be able to introduce ourselves to you all properly next time).

There was rain. And there was love in the air from friends near and dear. We felt an easeful flow to our playing. We sang full-heartedly. We lost some cues. We missed some lines. We all had so much fun. 

With the debut of three covers, two new songs, and a revival of a couple more tunes, we covered 3 hours when it seemed like only one. This night was wonderful because of you all. And because of you we shall grow better yet.

He Sang

Photo courtesy of Jon Bloom, flutist extraordinaire, the Ron Burgundy of Georgia. We met him at an open jam maybe a year ago. Back then, he was flying solo, but now is half of a duo called "Byrd and Bloom" and playing all over Georgia. Check them out!
Photo courtesy of Jon Bloom, flutist extraordinaire, the Ron Burgundy of Georgia. We met him at an open jam maybe a year ago. Back then, he was flying solo, but now is half of a duo called “Byrd n Bloom” and playing all over Georgia. Check them out!
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One thought on “A Tribute to Friends … and Rain

  1. Love the rainy night ponds that turned into rivers and how by the end of the night, we were all just there enjoying each other and your music. Beautiful metaphors for how you guided us all to be touched by the music and to find more light and love in the room. You are a gifted giver…..

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