As it gets closer to my birthday I find myself thinking about what I did for my birthday a year ago.
It was a fun night spent with several good girlfriends but there is one thing that sticks out about it more than anything else.
Our Uber driver on the way downtown was a heavy-set older woman with a long gray pony tail and a really deep voice. My girlfriend who was in the front seat was chatting with her and somehow it came up that she was a singer.
I said, “Could you sing something for us?”
“What do you want to hear?” she asked.
I immediately replied, “Mercedes Benz”.
Her answer was, “Sorry, I don’t really know young people’s music.”
My girlfriends and I all at once said, “No, it’s Janis Jop—”
And before we could even finish she belted out, “Oh lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz”.
She had a strong, clear and gravelly voice and she sang that whole song so beautifully.
We all sat in complete silence listening to her sing.
It was such an unexpected and lovely thing. It was the best birthday present.
It gave me shivers.
So that’s my story.
Notice how I’ve now mentioned the nearness of my birthday in two blog posts?
And I will mention it again.
Welcome to being my friend.
I had lunch at a girlfriend’s house this afternoon. She’s a piano composer and just recently released her first CD. She bought a grand piano a few days ago and before I left she asked me if I wanted to hear a few of the songs she’s been working on for her next CD.
I love her music.
Listening to her play gives me shivers too.
I have a special love for the piano. And watching the emotion she puts into playing, and hearing the feeling in the music, is awesome.
I just love seeing people create beautiful things.
I don’t just like her music because she’s my friend. It really is great. And I’ve got to make a plug for her and say go to Spotify and listen to Wandering Soul by Rachel Lafond.
It is seriously wonderful.
I’ve been trying to write more lately…fiction stuff…and her music is usually what I listen to. I find it just so inspiring.
It’s also perfect for quiet contemplation in the morning with a cup of coffee. Or when you’re doing a yoga practice. Or when you just want to sit around and think about life.
Okay enough. But seriously. She’s awesome. Listen to her music.
You have to do what I say….it’s almost my birthday.
(that’s good night in Japanese)