Folk Alliance 2014… the gratitude edition

(no links, just plain text. Re-post from a social network. And, this has no mention of plenty of inspiring and exhilarating moments… those got posted earlier and well maybe I’ll put them up here too later…)

I guess I’m not done thinking about last week’s experiences (well they ran into this week), and a few more thoughts are worth writing out for my peace of mind. I can’t let another day go by without publicly thanking some folks. My note Monday was one of a different nature. Rather than tagging, I will do it old-school style and whoever sees it, sees it. It’s putting it out there in a sincere way that means something, for me right now. Hmm, it feels weird though, because it looks like an acceptance speech. I guess I will call it an acceptance of a successful FAI conference… because no one can do it alone.

I am so honored and fortunate to be a part of the Folk Alliance team, as Traditional Studies Coordinator. Grateful to Louis Meyers for putting trust in me, and Andy Cohen too, for his constant support. And I’m impressed with the whole team; staff, crew, volunteers… I’m too aware of all the participatory roles it takes to make something of this magnitude come together. It came home in a very sweet way on Sunday evening when Cindy Cogbill said to another about me, “She’s one of us”…

My management company, 12×12, along with Hearth Music (who publicized High Moon Order) and Quicksilver Productions (who booked me for a year and a half as I began life after Wilders)– John Smith, Cassie Michel, Devon Leger, Martha Dantzic, Rob Miller, Sam Gooding… y’all put on a great private showcase room and I’m honored to have been on the bill for two nights, and also including the very special Saturday night closer. Great community feel with all the musicians and guests to the room!

My music buddies… partners… with whom I performed; golly there are a lot of you, just from the conference. I’m so blessed. Kasey Rausch, all of Rural Grit, Andy Cohen, Brett Hodges at our welcome jam (we welcomed!), Chad Brothers and Chris DeVictor (my Goodle Sprit bandmates!), Howard Iceberg, Linda McRae & Steve Dawson, all my Hillbender brothers!!, well and now I can include David Amram and Catie Curtis, who both embraced me musically as we sang and played together at the Pete Seeger memorial concert. Special thanks to Chad for his considerate help at the memorial and my official showcase. Yeah, buddy.

Special friends too who just really helped me so much, either directly and/or in uplifting ways… so much gratitude to you Kim, Beau, Kelly, Ryan, Barry, Christina, Mikal, Elaine, Erin… actually this list isn’t fair, and I do not want to leave anyone out at all… so many kind friends and I hope I can return the kindness… My mind is still in a bit of haze and I am truly grateful to absolutely everyone I connected with at conference. We are all part of such a community!!

I suppose a balance is created with a few regrets. Some Folk friends I never even got to see, and that’s just wrong. Shawna Cooper, I’m thinking of you first thing. <3 Several others who maybe I said hi to and that’s about it… let alone amazing performances I missed. I believe I did everything I could for the most part, maybe a little carried away on a couple of the late nights with random socializing!, but I could only do so much with my full day jobs and night performances. Sigh. Next year… agh, have to wait a year?

I am kinda contemplating where to take the next step. I feel like there are a lot of paths to choose and while I want to explore them all, it’s time to focus on something very honest and helpful and expressive and growth-worthy. I have a garden to cultivate, and I guess I’m choosing which seeds to select… Thanks for listening and for living.

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