We have had great weather on this tour. Temperatures have been warm and comfortable everyday. But tonight, the temperature dropped about 15 degrees right before our only outdoor show on the tour. We were playing a concert in a large courtyard with picnic tables and a big beer stand in a town called Unicov. May 1st is a national holiday in the Czech Republic and Unicov, in conjunction with the holiday, was celebrating its 800-year-old anniversary of township.
We arrived with barely enough time to set-up. I did a quick change from travel wear to concert attire while singing vocal warm-ups. I am happy I have adapted to this routine of getting ready quickly!
We played two sets. Despite the deepening evening chill, the audience stayed to enjoy our music. During “Baby, I Love You,” I left the stage to dance with a new friend, an angelic fair-haired four-year-old girl dressed all in purple, twirling and jumping in the courtyard. After the show, I held her precious baby sister in my arms as we took photos with all the kids in audience. I was in heaven! I forgot all about the cold and stayed outside to sign CDs and hang out with my young fans.
Back at the hotel, I remembered an outdoor performance from when I was six years old. My family lived in Greeley, Colorado (where I was born) and my parents were gigging in town regularly. One bitter December night, my parents were scheduled to give a performance as part of Greeley’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony and I sang two songs. I remember my father’s hands were so cold he could barely play the keyboard. I found myself marveling at my journey from that far-away place to this one. I am so grateful for every performance from then ‘til now, and can only wonder, in eager anticipation: What’s next?