Saturday, March 31, 2007

19th Nervous Breakdown

Well, last night was amazing, but I don't have time at the moment to share all the rich and glorious detail. I will write a longer post later.

Right now I'm hanging around the venue where Scott will be playing in less than one hour, while he and our friend Chris are off buying a new microphone cable.

I'm excited, but nervous. I don't know why I'm nervous when I'm not the performer, but I am. At the same time, based on Scott's talent and skill, I'm certain everything will be fine. Especially if last night's performance gives any indication of things to come.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Spiritual Regeneration

It's no great revelation that beautiful art of any sort can lift your spirit, even turning a bad day into a great one.

I recently discovered an artist online whose work really moves me. She's a collage artist who creates the most amazing pictures from torn bits of paper. Pretty cool stuff.

I'm linking to her new works, but I love her abstract and conceptual pieces as well.

Check her out....

Eileen Downes.

Hope you enjoy!

New York, New York

So, we're going to try this out of town thing again...

Our friend Chris asked Scott to come play as the inaugural performer for an acoustic music series at CRS, a spiritual community arts center founded by Chris and his partner, Yasuko. Scott will be playing at CRS on Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Can I just say how excited I am?

I think there are a few of you out there reading this who live in New York or nearby who might be interested in seeing Scott play. Please come. You can order tickets online through the CRS web site. And if you're not in New York but have your peeps up there, let them know, too. The more, the merrier.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Road to Joy

This weekend was one of those busy, crazy, hectic, joy-filled weekends that leaves you both a little empty-sad and relieved when it's over.

On Saturday, we had Beckett baptised at our church. It was a little strange. My favorite deacon performed the ceremony, but it still felt rushed and sloppy, where Brendan's -- held during a mass and performed by our priest -- seemed magnificent.

It makes me extremely sad that the priest at our church has decided he has no time for children or their concerns and that baptisms, one of the most beautiful and basic of the sacraments, is treated almost as an afterthought.

Still, Beckett, borne of an act of love and joy, received an act of original blessing. and has begun his walk of faith. I hope that I can instill in him a love of God and a belief in the miracles that surround us. I pray he finds great joy in this life. Joy in the smallest things, as well as the great moments of life.

I hope Beckett knows the kind of joy and love and pride I felt Saturday night watching his dad play and sing before a packed house at our local coffeehouse. He was brilliant. Just brilliant. He played for almost two full hours. It was actually the first time I had ever seen him perform live. I mean, I've seen him play at parties at our house, at weddings and rehearsal dinners, at events for just family and friends. But, I'd never seen him play an actual show for paying (or tipping) customers before. It was very cool! And, very hot!

I also hope he enjoys a loving, joyful relationship with his godparents...his Aunt Kimberly, Uncle Greg, and our friend J.Ed. They are all such unique, special people and we are blessed to have them be a part of our lives. Kimberly is sweet and gentle and loving in her own, special way. Greg is charming and kind of funny. J.Ed is smart, and funny, and kind. Like I said, they are very special, unique individuals who will bless our child in their own ways.

Mostly, I really just hope he knows love. With enough love, I believe anyone can find their path in life and walk in the light.
With enough love, anyone can find their own road to joy.