This Friday, Dave and I will be singing our hearts out at The Ship Inn, Exton/Malvern, 7:30-10:30pm. This place has become very special to us, because they provide our friends with excellent food, drink and a place to join in with the flow of music and good will and fun. It is the kind of place where you can come with friends or come to make some new ones. For us, being there, in the midst of people who love pretty music and creating happiness, well, it is a wonderful thing to experience. If you want Friday to be a special night, come to The Ship Inn, request a few songs, sing along, or just sit back and enjoy the flow. If you would like a table, reservations are usually necessary. It was standing room only last time. We can't create magic without you. It is in your hands.
Saturday, we are singing at a surprise birthday party. We love getting to be a part of these special moments in people's lives. Not everyone realizes that you can hire us to play for house parties or house concerts, but we get to do that quite often, and it is always wonderful.
On the music front, I (Donna) have been lately overwhelmed by the writing muse. Three weeks ago, it suddenly dawned on me how truly amazing the first kiss Dave planted on me was. It happened on the street in Phoenixville a couple of years before we started dating,. Fireworks were going off, like a time-travelling message from the future, saying: Heads up! Great things are going to happen between the two of you in a couple of years. As soon as this realization dawned, I ran into the house and the fun and happy song, Kissing in the Street, just came to me, to celebrate that moment when a dear old friend becomes possibly more than a friend.
A few days later, I felt the need to write a song for the too-many people I know who find themselves in the difficult role of being the caretaker of a dear loved one at the last stages of their life. I spent 8 years helping 6 people through this. It is a great service to be able to provide, but it breaks your heart day after day. I wrote the song for one person in particular, and I felt an urgent need to get it finished for them, so it got written and recorded in one afternoon/evening. It is a beautiful but very very sad song, with a glimmer of hope at the end, and I wrote it because what helped me most when I have been super super sad is to hear a sad song that spoke to what I was going through, that gave me some hope and the feeling of not being alone. This song is called Love Is A Two-Edged Sword, and I offer the recording at no charge for anyone who thinks it would help them or someone they know. Please let me know if you would like me to send it to you. Michael Ronstadt is working on a cello part for the song right now, because you can't really have a super sad song without a cello.
Another two days later, and I got asked to write a song for the mothers who are sending their children off to college, children who have been around for 18 years and are now leaving, a song speaking to a mother's mix of joy and grief. The words and melody to that song are finished, although I want to write a very pretty piano and guitar accompaniment, and that work has only just begun. It is called Lullabies and Fairytales.
Thank you all for coming along on this journey with us.
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