Sunday, May 29, 2011

Live Ukulele Duo (Soon to be Trio) Rocks Local BBQ Joint

Through a string of events that can only be explained by the existence of God, Hope Dunbar (local songwriter, mother, writer, soldier in the army of all things growing) and I played a show tonight.  Here are the highlights:

1.  I love singing harmonies with Hope.  There's nothing better than melting into "Your Cheatin' Heart" and knowing you mean business and that you'll survive because there is a friend beside you helping you work it all out through your voice.

2.  Family and friends and some new friends.  There was a man who makes ukuleles there.  What are the chances?

3.  I can't look at the crowd yet.  I've played in bands, but I've never in my life sat with a guitar and my voice and tried to do it on my own.  And when I closed my eyes, it was home there.  And I didn't forget the words because I knew every word in my heart and I could imagine I was just sitting on the porch and the breeze would come up, and yes, I was.

4.  I got a 15 dollar gift certificate for BBQ at Chez Bubba, which is located just 4 corn fields down from me in a town so small, the houses are separated by dirt roads and gardens only.  You might think I live in the middle of nowhere, but I have everything I need within 7 miles of my house.  Everything.  (Mom, this is if you are calling me from Utica to say you are almost here.)

5.  Nora singing the first song:  "And this is my first show, so hello, and testing testing, can you hear me?"  "Okay, the next line is coming up next."

I don't know, folks.  The other night I was sitting on my couch praying and crying hard and I told God a lot about how lost I felt and how angry I was that I was where I was, this beautiful place that still seemed like something far away, something not enough.  And tonight I feel like He showed me a lot in relation to what we talked about.  Believe me, I expect to feel lost again.  Don't get me wrong.  I don't believe we are ever "fixed."  We're always growing in His love and in His gentle and challenging way.  Sometimes I feel distinctly that God is making some of the choices for me.  And for this, I am thankful.  Tonight was like that.


  1. I love singing, but I LOVE singing with other people. Nothing makes me smile like harmony does. It was a great night and hopefully the first of many. Your Nora, I think, may just have a love of microphones. I get that.

  2. You look so incredibly happy in those pictures, Lisa. It makes you even more beautiful. And little Miss N looks delighted and beautiful, too.

    I'm glad you found this peace, these resolutions to your conversation the other day. That's a deep and very real peace, indeed.