Wow. Words cannot express what I'm feeling right now. It's trepidatious, it's outrageous, it's audacious, it's contagious, I got a firefly in my pocket. I think it might grant wishes...
The launch concert last week was unbelievably wonderful. Still riding the wave. So proud of the musicians for bringing their best to the show and making it so special. I think we may have made a little ripple in the fabric of time and space. From start to finish I think everyone was just a little bit spellbound!
Aimee Blackschleger and Kaoru Arai-Colucci opened up the show in their sparkling electric blue light and proceeded to zap the audience with their lilting harmonies and delicate instrumentation - Aimee on the ukulele and guitar and Kaoru on her magic harp.
Then we opened the Hymns for Her show with Samm Bennett and Morgan Fisher out front. They sounded three heralds on the conch and the horn and then I stepped out to bow to the audience and then place flowers on the altar to Isis, the Ancient Egyptian Queen of Heaven.
I started the show on the acoustic guitar with the haunting song "The Garden". The next song was the whimsical and spooky "Sarah" accompanied by violinist Dylan Hunter. Following that was the devotional song "Prayer" accompanied by Samm on drums and Robert Moreau on mandolin.
Onto the piano! Morgan and his clavichord then joined Samm and I for the gospel-inspired "Give it up to the Goddess". Kaoru and her harp then joined Morgan and I for the medieval tone of "Dear Lady" and the visceral "Burning Times". Following that was the upbeat, irreverent "Fugly" on the acoustic guitar again, featuring Jeff Curry and his behemoth double bass and Samm on drums. Samm stuck around to provide percussion on the stark "Boiling Bitter Wine" and then we toned it down again with my solo piano rendition of "Light in the Darkness".
My "Dragon Rising" sisters Kelly Haavaldsrud and Sarah Everitt Furuya then helped me lead an acapella audience participation version of "Brave Bold Woman", before Lela Samantha captivated the crowd with her hypnotic belly dance to "Jezebel". For the encore we reprised the final verse and chorus of "Give it up to the Goddess" and all the performers came on stage to jam!
The venue, Com.Cafe, had a lovely, very relaxed atmosphere and the staff were so hospitable and friendly. I couldn't have asked for a better show. It was simply unreal. Thank you to all who came and shared their energy with us. I hope you are enjoying the CD songbook. These songs are my babies, my stories and my offering to Her. May She bless us all.