I'll be honest and admit it:
Lately, I haven't been all that focused on booking gigs. I'm not sure why. But fortunately for me, I've been booking and playing at the Songwriters in the Round at Opening Bell Coffee on Monday nights. It's kept me connected when I sorta felt like checking out.
Oh, I love the place.
When Mom was still around, she was constantly on the look out for me. She was my biggest cheerleader, of course. So when she happened to be walking around at the funky building where Opening Bell resides, and the owner- the super fabulous Pascale- was hanging up her signage and getting ready to open up her coffee shop, Mom asked her, "Are you going to have music here? Because my daughter is a great musician." Good ol' Mom!
And it's because of that conversation that I have the great claim to fame of being the first musician to ever play at Opening Bell Coffee here in Dallas, Texas!
Mom also started me into guitar lessons when I begged for them when I was in 5th grade. Years later, I took guitar lessons again because my highschool boyfriend found a guitar teacher and I decided I wanted to take some more lessons, too!
I was at that angsty teenager age, so I'm not sure how much guitar I actually learned at the time. However, he kept me interested enough that, hey,...here I am 25 years later, still at it!!
And the other night, we were reunited at one of my gigs. What a huge, huge honor that he played with me on a song!!!
I love hosting the Songwriters in the Round on Monday nights at Opening Bell. You never know what might happen. You never know what kind of special things you might see. This was a hugely special moment for me. Watch the video and you can tell I am BEAMING!!!!!