I just returned from an amazing trip to NYC. While I was there, I did a gig with 3 of my singer/songwriter friends. This is a group of songwriters who live in NYC who I've had a weekly call with for the last 4 1/2 years. On the call, we share songs, tears, ideas, fears, everything that songwriting brings up in us. This is the group that has talked me off the ledge of quitting songwriting so many times. So, because I was in NYC, in lieu of our regular call, we decided to have a gathering and share songs with each other in front of our friends.
That night, I got to see how our commitment and our love for each other and for our songwriting brought out the best in all of us. It was such an incredible thing to witness. I got to hear songs that I heard from inception be born anew...I heard voices soar in places that had never been explored... and I got to sing my songs and feel that place inside me that said, "This is exactly where you are supposed to be." The audience, including ourselves, were laughing hysterically and softly crying and deeply thoughtful and profoundly grateful. It was magical. And I know that it is all because of the support that this group has given and received from each other. People are surprised to hear how many times I have almost quit singing and songwriting. But, it's true. Without their support, I wouldn't have gotten the riches of that night. That kind of support is invaluable.