An Open Letter to Ingrid Michaelson

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An Open Letter to Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid,

I saw you in DC Saturday night at the beautiful Lincoln Theatre. I’m sure you remember me, the awkward introvert in the front row. I didn’t know what to do — just trying to take it all in was overwhelming. I have looked forward to your concert since I found out about it. I didn’t know who to watch on stage because each part of your band was essential. Loved the variety of instruments: accordian, trumpet, uke…. It’s not every day you see a band playing instruments who are not just dancing around on stage. I was part of your street team, so I was able to enjoy your show for free (thanks!).

Normally I would choose a seat in the balcony, but how often do you get to sit front row at a concert for an amazing musician?

Thank you for sharing your music. It’s witty + you and your band have great musical talent.

I don’t know how you do it… Creating an amazing experience night after night for fans. I know it must get exhausting. Glad you were able to relax a little bit the second night since you didn’t have a big loadin.

Keep writing great music. Next time I’ll try to remember lyrics from more than one cd so I can sing along more, although I find that awkward and sometimes just want to appreciate hearing you sing it yourself (even though I know tons of people feel the need to sing along to every song of yours).

The thing I haven’t mentioned yet is that I host concerts weekly at a DC coffeehouse, Ebenezers Coffeehouse. I love musicians, although I don’t go all crazy over finding out every detail of their life, especially if they’re famous. I would be the person who passes famous people on the street without recognizing them. Because at the end of the day, we’re all human. Reminds me of your song “Blood Brothers”.

I’m sure there were other fans who were more “front row” people at your concert, who knew every song and would sing along. But for a night, I was able to enjoy being at a concert and not having to worry about payout, if we promoted well enough, or if the musicians would be late to sound check.

Thanks again for writing great music.

Sincerely, Jenni

PS I know I’m a few years late, but congrats on marrying Greg Laswell, another amazing musician (yes, the day of the concert is the day I found out you guys got married in 2011). Loved your music separately but am excited you guys found each other. Seems like a great match to me. Let me know if you guys are ever in DC, and I’ll buy you coffee at Ebenezers.

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How to Be Pursued By a Guy

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How to Be Pursued By a Guy

Wow. If I could send this to every single female I would. Click the link above to check out a great post by Perry Noble.

It’s like the Christian version of He’s Just Not That Into You, a movie I often think of when friends obsess over whether a guy likes them or not.

I cannot say I am a pro at this.
Like so many women, I over-analyze.
I don’t date often… Hello introvert that needs to interact with people more. ha.

If I could respond, I would suggest to single men:

  1. Be honest! 
    If you expect it from women, we should expect it from you. I once told a family friend that I liked him and asked if anything could happen between us. He was really nice in letting me know that he did not view me that way. My respect for him only grew, but at least I knew and did not have to spend anymore time wondering.
  2. Know that not all girls are like your ex. 
    This really makes me mad that good guys are messed up by women who manipulate them. My best advice is to get counseling or at least talk things through with a good friend who can help you recognize how she has effected you.
  3. Ask her out (in person!)
    Yes, it would be easier to text, email, DM, or any other way of communicating to her your intent. But you’re going to have to hang out in person time anyway if you want to get to know her. Be a man; ask her in person.

Any dating advice you’d recommend?

Saturday Sounds

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As I was watching a show on Netflix, this song came on in the background.

I’m looking to expand my musical knowledge and would love some suggestions. I work with musicians on a weekly basis, so I’m always listening to new music, but I would love to hear from YOU about what you’re listening to these days.

Next Saturday I’m going to a concert for one of my favorites, Ingrid Michaelson! Looking forward to live music at a great space!

Happy Listening!

I’m Going to Northern Ireland

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I realize that most people reading my blog don’t know me.

It won’t take long for you to figure out I LOVE to travel. I love meeting new people. Two years ago I was embarking on a new adventure spending several days in a Haitian orphanage. I met people, hiked MOUNTAINS (with asthma I might add!), and took pictures with some of the cutest kids on the planet. I watched the stars with some amazing people, woke up to see the sunrise while sitting on a narrow ledge of the school we were helping to build, and was so excited when it rained.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~Saint Augustine

This summer, I have the chance to travel to Northern Ireland with my church. We’ll be working alongside a church putting on a week long festival for their city. This year I have been learning a lot about events + promotion, so it’s exciting to see it happen in another country. Derry is a city with a violent history. I’m excited to listen to the stories from the locals. I want to learn as much as I can.

One of the beauties of traveling is getting to know so many people in different places. Through my travels, I have friends around the world. While my heart will never be whole again, it makes me happy to leave a part of it with the people I meet.

In order to find out more about what we’ll be doing in Northern Ireland, check out my Razoo page. If you want to support me financially, that’d be awesome.

How are you trying to leave your mark on the world?

Are you involved in reconciliation locally or globally?