Last week, I was going through a few boxes of my father's belongings. He passed away three years ago, but it's taken me a long time to get to the point where I could go through those boxes.
In them, I found the last of his worldly possessions - including an envelope with over a dozen songs he'd written. (My father performed for years on the Renaissance Fair circuit as the "Mad Black Bard". Insert something here about apples falling from trees.)
They were never published. And none of the stories and novels I found in those boxes - single sheets of typed or handwritten words that stack nearly three feet high - were ever published either.
Now, I'll get into all that in another post (this is supposed to be a TBT kinda post, after all), but it did get me thinking about a question that I can't shake, because I know a lot of folks dug my father as a performer, but I'm not sure how they felt about his work.
So, I need your help answering a question. It's a tough one, but I don't care how you answer, as long as you do. (Honestly. Either answer is a compliment.)
Many of you reading this have watched me perform for years (a couple of you for decades), so here's the question I have for you:
Is it me that you support, or is it my music?
Now, I get that in a lot of ways, they're one and the same. But let me try to make the distinction so you can understand why it matters to me.
If it's me that you're here to read about, to learn what I'm up to, and what the ideas are behind the songs, and where I'm playing next, etc., that's great! I'm glad you're here! Thank you so much for supporting my creative endeavors. It means a lot.
If it's the music itself, that's another story. If you saw me perform and a song reached out and grabbed you - and it didn't really matter who sang the words, it was the words themselves that reached into your guts...that's a different thing.
So, if you don't mind, think about it for a sec, and if you had to pick one over the other as the reason you're here, give a click below. I'd really appreciate your answer.
Hey, Maria! You do you - just tell me all about it!
Oh - hey, there! I was so into the song I forgot you were the one singing it.