Shawn, SWRFA, & Sleep Deprivation

A couple of big things have happened in the past two and a half weeks since I last blogged!

The first of these things was that I got to meet and open for Shawn Colvin on the 18th. She walked in while I was doing my soundcheck, and she smiled and waved as she passed. When her back was turned, I had a little freak out moment (widening of the eyes, mouthing "OHMYGOD" to my dad, vigorous face-fanning, the works) I had hoped to ask her some songwriting questions prior to the show, but then I learned that she wasn't feeling well at all, and I didn't want to bother her while she was recuperating in the green room. I played my opening set to a delightfully kind and attentive audience, and then sat back to enjoy the master. And masterful she was! Despite her awful cold, Shawn sang like an angel, and her guitar playing made me wonder what the heck I've been doing these past 10 years. She even gave me a shout-out between songs, and complimented my voice! I died. After the show, I did finally get to meet her, and we had a short conversation. She took a picture with me, and signed my Shawn Colvin Songbook. It was easy to see she still felt cruddy, so I really appreciated her kindness and coolness. That night will definitely go down in the books as one of the most awesome moments of my life so far!

Big thing number 2 was attending my first Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) Conference in Austin. I just got back a few hours ago, as a matter of fact. I went sans parents (my first "big girl" trip), which was a little sad, but exhilarating too. Thursday, I had lots of free time, so I moseyed around downtown. My favorite thing to do in Austin is spend irresponsible amounts of money at Waterloo, which I did. I also checked on the little stash of Nocturnal EP's that I have for sale there.* On Friday, I attended some great informative panels about music related stuff, and later that afternoon the showcases began. The showcases are where the real magic happens. They go on into the wee hours of the morning, and there is music pouring out of every room. When I wasn't playing showcases myself, I was enjoying the showcases of the other wickedly talented conference attendees. Friday kind of blended into Saturday, since I got very little sleep (4 hours to be exact). More panels. More showcases. More awesome.

Making new friends is the most important and exciting part about being a member of the Folk Alliance and attending the conference. Friends who are musicians, friends who book venues or run house concerts, friends who just go to enjoy the music, friends from all over the country, and all over the world. There's a real sense of community. Everybody has something special to contribute, a hand to lend, or great advice to give. It's incredible, and I'm so thankful to have a whole new group of people to call friends after this weekend!

As for the sleep deprivation mentioned in the title... Well, I find it very apropos that we are learning about sleeping patterns and problems in the 9:00 Psychology class I have tomorrow morning. Maybe I'll be able to counteract my inevitable loss of participation points if I tell my professor that my "Circadean Rhythm" (vocab word) has been completely obliterated!

I'm gonna go nap now. 'Til next time!


*Now you know, my Nocturnal EP is available for purchase at Waterloo! No excuse, Austin buddies!

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