Find your joy and let it show…

The title of this post is not a phrase I came up with…..although I wish I had!  It is actually from a song that Jen Chapin wrote about her first son before he was born.  I have heard the song before and really like it a lot, but for some reason, tonight when I heard Chapin sing it live at the Temple Theatre, that phrase resonated for me and really touched me.  In the song, she is telling her soon-to-be-born son “I have been thinking ’bout this sad, sad world  About survival and the one thing you should know is find your joy and let it show”.  Wise advice that I try to live by, but never said it so profoundly!

As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, I attended a fundraiser at the Temple Theatre tonight.  The Jen Chapin Trio performed for about 90 minutes and wow’d the audience!  I was disappointed to see a small crowd attend, but those that did were treated to a very special experience.  I have heard her music before and was in awe at the chance to hear her in person.  I was not able to attend the last time she was here, which was a huge disappointment for me.  I’m so glad I was able to attend tonight.

Jen Chapin, the late Harry Chapin’s daughter, has a style all her own – her thought-provoking lyrics and soothing sound have a calming effect, while infusing humor and fun along the way.  It was the perfect end to a long work day – allowing me to mellow out and feel full of joy and emotion.  I found myself feeling the same way I feel when I get out my old Melanie, Carole King, Carly Simon, or Joni Mitchell albums — mellow, joyful, emotional!  Don’t get me wrong – I am NOT comparing her music to these other ladies or them to each other!  They are all very distinctively unique, but the feeling they bring out in me is the same.

I hope the next time Jen Chapin appears at the Temple Theatre that we can fill the house – she deserves it and more people deserve the amazing experience I and the rest of tonight’s audience enjoyed. 

Tonight, I found my joy and I’m letting it show!

Thank you, Peggy, for continuing to bring high quality entertainment to Sanford – we love you for it!

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