This past Wednesday’s performance at Caffe Lena was a glimpse into the life I hope to have someday. I played for an enthusiastic audience of nearly 70 people who came to see me on purpose. They listened intently. They laughed, they cried, they found joy in my performance. The venue had lovely sound and lighting, and an interesting and experienced gentleman to control the levels for me. After the show, I got some of the following posts on my Facebook wall:
“A Great night with the Beautiful & Talented young artist Casey Dinkin @ Caffe Lena..all of her songs tell a story you want to hear – a night of *HAPPY* sprinkled with Inspiration…can’t wait for your CD :-)”
“I really enjoyed your show last night. Great music, great venue, and great friends made for a FABULOUS evening. I loved your lyrics and your voice is so beautiful. I can’t wait until your CD release party. Your piano songs were gorgeous.”
My family was there, along with many friends, and friends of friends. I brought posters to sell–$5 for a signed copy. I sold out quickly, before I could even meet the demand. There were many requests for copies of my not-quite-finished CD.
I know now how precious these moments are, so I made a note of it, to remember it when I’m playing at a hole in the wall bar and people are only vaguely paying attention, or when I’m playing on the subway platform and most aren’t even glancing my way. I will remember how what I am doing truly does bring people joy, in the right time and place.
One of the people who came to my show asked me to sign her poster “Just Keep Heading Toward the Light” which is the title (and chorus) of a song I wrote about going forward in the direction of what’s right and good, despite life’s uncertainty and distractions. I was moved to know that she had been touched by the song and wanted to remember it.
And I will remember this night.
Hopefully, if I just keep heading toward the light, nights like this one will happen more and more often as time goes on.