Your First Time

Do you remember the first time you heard an album that would change your life?

I remember the first time I heard Joni Mitchell’s Blue. . . it was already old then, but I wondered where I had been all that time, to not have personally discovered this woman whose writing was so amazing and voice was so pure.

And Shawn Colvin’s Fat City… about ten people had told me how good it was, and so decided to get it. I bought it from this great little dive record store in Chicago and couldn’t listen to it until after my waitress shift that night. I got home at 2 a.m., wired and tired from slinging Guinness, and I had to hear it. So I put it in the stereo, put on my headphones, and laid on my bed with my head hanging off the back so the cord would reach. And in the dark, in my tiny room, I heard Polaroids begin to play and I was changed.

Music is brilliant that way. It accompanies so much of our lives — sometimes as the full focus, sometimes as an incidental companion to our moments.

I’ve received amazing letters from people who have found resonance of my songs in their lives in very special ways. Thank you for sharing these stories with me. It is the most unexpected resulting gift of creating this music. It humbles me and makes me realize, yet again, that songs come from a bigger source, with a higher plan than I can usually imagine. I feel incredibly blessed to be one of the ways music finds a path into this world.

If you have a story, please share it here as a comment, or visit with us on the forum. I’d love to hear it. Thanks.

5 Things I’m Thankful For Today:
1. That music has the amazing power that it does, and I can both experience it and hopefully, facilitate it.
2. That orders and positive responses to the cd are coming in so abundantly!
3. That I got to see and visit with a number of the musicians who worked on the cd when I delivered promo copies yesterday.
4. That the show coming up on August 24th feels like it’s going to be such a blast. 

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