Saturday, April 17, 2010
Howard Stree Prison Performance & That's Entertainment
The performance April 15, with the women from Howard Street Prison, was all that I expected it to be. I think the women were surprised at the end when we got a standing ovation, even from the 100 male inmates who came in with attitude mon. Pants almost down around their butts. No actually in this facility they have to wear ties but you knew immediately what kind of outfits they would like to be wearing. Keep it looking good. Corrections counselor and my helpmate, Coralee Chase thought to herself, "straighten up guys, get that chip off your shoulder, you are the reason many of these women are in here." The performance was smooth, women initially so scared of singing to the guys were floating on a natural high afterward. Love them. I need to find other prisons locations to do these inside jobs. Hopefully we'll get to record a CD of some of these songs, once we figure out a way around the privacy thing with those inside. Brilliant I tell you.
Today I did a show in Worcester for National Record Day at a store, a very large store, called That's Entertainment. The store has massive amounts of record and memorabilia, comics, (I got nostalgic seeing my old faves Archie and Betty and Veronica.) Japanese anime, pop magazines, posters and yummy soda. Charming people running the store, Ken and Pete. I had so many fans there, it felt great to be playing for such an appreciative audience...no fight up hill. Was a good op to present my songwriting/healing workshops and what's going on with them, got some donations and suggestions for places that might be a good fit for some of the Songbird Sings programs. This was a great day for me and makes me realize I do need to be playing out more. Very happy and thankful for these times with great fans, friends and people to work with.