• DAY  62 Winston-Salem, NC  (March 29th, 2012) Tonight I played at Swaim’s Bar, which totally felt like the Cheers bar of Winston-Salem and I absolutely loved it.  I played two hour long sets outside on their back deck.  They had a BEAUTIFUL guitar amp that they let me use which gave me quite a thrill:)  The sound was great, the weather was perfect and everyone was in a wonderful mood.  I met a lot of nice folks and had some fantastic conversations.  A new friend of mine that I recently made in Winston-Salem came out to the show.  He asked if we could have a cup of tea afterwards.  I love chatting with friends over a warm beverage so I of course I said yes.  It was interesting because he had this sense of urgency about him.  I was curious.  When we sat down, he looked me in the eye and said: “you may get angry responses from people when they hear your music, I just need to let you know that.”  I giggled a little bit, but he did not smile so I let him continue.  He said: “your music encourages one to discover who they are and some people might not be willing to do so.”  I listened.  “Some people may resist that… not want to do that self exploration, not want to do that work, not want to feel those feelings.”  I thanked him for his honesty and really just for caring enough to tell me so.  I told him a story about when I used to play a regular gig in Greenwich Village.  A woman came up to me after the show and asked me about a song off my first album: “Fade Away.”  I wrote that song for my brother when he was going through a tough time to let him know that we, as a family, are here for him no matter what he is going through.  I told the story to the audience that night. She said: “you wrote that song, for  your brother?” I responded: “yes.”  She looked at me with rage: “Yeah, well, my brother did fade away.  We lost him.  He died.  Can’t you play something else that doesn’t remind me of that?”  I told her I was so sorry for her loss, she glared at me and walked away.  I was flabbergasted and still had a whole other set to play for the entire restaurant.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any vapid songs to play for her.  All of my songs have meaning and express emotion.  Yes, I am an entertainer for sure but I am also a person who experiences life just like everyone else – I just happen to write about it.  I’d never experienced something like that before.  By the end of the night -even after all the dirty looks from her table – I took her comments as a compliment.  My music makes people feel things.  Perhaps some of us may not want emotion in our lives but for those of you who do want to feel emotion- you can count on me for helping you hone into them – for sure!