I hope you are enjoying this Memorial Day Weekend. The weather here is supposed to be just about perfect.
I want to invite all of you in town to the CSLN Writers Night on Friday Evening, June 3rd. I don’t know if it will be streamed for you folks out of town, though there may be a video to put up on YouTube or my website, if we can get someone to record it.
The event will start with an Open Mic from 6:30 – 7:30. Sign up starts at 6:30–maximum of 12 slots open. At 7:30, we will have our first Spotlight Performer, Paul Nielsen. Paul has performed frequently at our Sunday Services, has his own studio, and several songs recorded, including one by The Little River Band. At 8 P.M., Lisa Hannah will take the stage. She too, has performed several times at our Sunday Services, and her debut CD, “Brand New Sun” features songs with honest lyrics that depict her personal life’s journey.
At 8:30, Yours Truly will take the stage as our Featured Performer, doing an hour set. I will be backed by Arnie Reed on keyboards and David Johnson on lead guitar, both of whom got lots of of compliments for their musicianship at my CD Release Party in November. Also, there will be vocal backup on various songs from Pam Atha, Raven Barrientos, and Mark Horwitz. As always, I will have some CDs available. This is shaping up to be a great night, and an important one, as we need to grow this event if we want to keep it going. Potluck snacks and drinks encouraged (We will only have what people bring), as well as a $5.00 suggested love offering to the Center. 6705 Charlotte Pike, Nashville 37209. I may also wind up doubling as MC, unless there is someone available.
For the last 40-50 years, we have witnessed mass shootings in this country. For the last 40-50 years, we have seen the same reactions–“thoughts and prayers” followed by inaction. They say insanity is doing what you have always done and expecting a different result. I won’t use this space to say all the things I could–there’s not enough space for it in a short newsletter–but instead of saying “That won’t work,” an attitude parroted by self-serving polititians who are beholden to big money to finance their campaigns), how about saying “Let’s try it” for once. If after 10 years, it doesn’t work, they can say “I told you so.”
That’s it for this month. I hope you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and enjoying this holiday weekend.