Friday, March 20, 2009

Better Off Broke (Danny Schmidt)

Tuesday, March 10 was the official CD Release of Danny Schmidt's Instead the Forest Rose to Sing... and this past Saturday, March 14, I had the honor of presenting him (in a co-bill with Nick Annis) in my concert series - it's taken me this long to revive my vocabulary in order to write about the magical weekend!

I've spoken of my love for Danny Schmidt's music throughout this blog - he is as dear as he is talented, a sentiment reinforced during his recent stay. He made a point to show up early so we had time to visit before driving to the Labyrinth Cafe later that day - he also offered to help chop or stir, as he was keeping me company in the kitchen while I made a batch of pasta primavera for the performers and volunteers (I didn't let him... but still... :-)

I had e-mailed Danny a few weeks before the gig, telling him how much, and why, I loved the song Accidentally Daisies on his new CD - I also mentioned that Elizabeth, who was accompanying Nick the night of the show, played fiddle/violin and, with Danny's blessing, I could drop her a note asking her to work up a string part for the second half of the song (stating of course no pressure/no worries if not). What could have turned into a "train wreck" (Danny's words) evolved into a stunning collaboration which meant the world to me - when the threesome (Danny, Elizabeth and Nick) did his Company of Friends as their encore, I had goosebumps on top of goosebumps...

We all later segued to Peter Pan Diner (a post-concert tradition) for food and chat, Danny and I getting home very late, only to have to rise early the next morning, Danny to drive to Tampa for a house concert and me to head to church to facilitate a service - before he left, I asked him to sign a CD for a friend and a poster for me... and I gave him a present to pass on to his sweetie who had inspired the song: a small bowl from my wedding china, with a border of daisies (thanks, CE... :-)

I've said it before and I'll say it again - I am a very blessed and lucky woman...

P.S. SMM here, here, here, here and here...

SONG: Better Off Broke by Danny Schmidt

BOOK: Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness by Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks

POEM: The Moment by Margaret Atwood

The moment when, after many years

of hard work and a long voyage

you stand in the centre of your room,

house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,

knowing at last how you got there,

and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose

their soft arms from around you,

the birds take back their language,

the cliffs fissure and collapse,

the air moves back from you like a wave

and you can't breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.

You were a visitor, time after time

climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.

We never belonged to you.

You never found us.

It was always the other way round.

QUOTE: "Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life and... the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use." ~ Samuel Johnson


  1. hey sweetie...just sending you a BIG hug and an extra doses of *calm* and *strength*


  2. Hey, Catherine ~

    I seem to have fallen off the face of the blogosphere... but it seems you know why - thanks for the hug and calm and strength, oh my!

    I will try to post something here tomorrow about Eric's hospitalization, thankfully and substantially with improved results - I don't have your e-address... but please ask M to forward you a copy of my latest update...

    Scary stuff - I'm finally breathing easier...

  3. Susan,
    I couldn't find your e-mail address so am leaving a comment instead. When you find a moment, e-mail me your physical address. I have a present to send to you! (my e-mail address is: reikibyshannon(at)yahoo(dot)com.

    Sending you lots of good thoughts filled with strength and grace!

    Shannon (

  4. Hey, Shannon ~

    How wonderful to hear from you - thanks for taking the time to stop in and comment!

    I am in the midst of a thank-goodness-it-was-averted crisis with my 20-year old son - will blog about it when I get home, but I'm still here with him (4 hours from my home), post-hospital-release, cleaning and cooking and nurturing, oh my... :-)

    I will e-you in a minute - funny, because I was going to head something in your direction (so please make sure to include your own address as well...

    Thanks for the good thoughts... past, present and future - they are most definitely felt across the miles... <3