Imperfect Magic!

The first time I heard Shawn Colvin’s album Live ‘88, it made me cry.  It is perfect!  Every note, every beat, every single sound is perfect.  It is just Shawn and her guitar, and it could not be better!  I adore that recording, and I aspire to give a performance like that. (I also aspire to open for her one day.  That is my dream gig!)

I wanted my record release birthday show to be flawless, but in my imperfection, I was granted a gift.  I was given something far more important than perfection.  I was granted imperfect magic!

The evening reminded me that we are moved by our shared humanity.  We are moved by connections made heart to heart.  It is not about perfection.

I also learned that most of my shortcomings were likely unnoticed. When I listened back to the show later, I could tell that the flaws were unimportant, but in the moment, in my skin, they were momentous.

Overall, it was a fabulous night.  There were ninety tickets sold!  I even gave the stool on the stage to someone, because there were no chairs left! I was deeply moved by the turnout, and I could feel that the audience was with me.  The folks at MilkBoy were welcoming and warm, and it was fun to have Anne Hills there as my special guest. 

In the days that followed, my inbox filled with treasured messages from friends and former strangers, telling me how meaningful the show had been for them.  I could feel their hearts.  I could feel the genuine connections made.  Wow, what a privilege.  I am touched and grateful.

As I continue to hone my craft, I will try to remember that it is through humanity that bonds are made, not through perfection.  If I lose sight of that, please remind me…


8 comments

  • houstonalle

    houstonalle

    Nice post and so glad the universe affirmed your choice by making your birthday special!

    Nice post and so glad the universe affirmed your choice by making your birthday special!

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Alle!

    Thanks Alle!

  • harry

    harry

    as prayer and gratitude continue to result in a strength i did not think i had, my fears are peeling away like the 'adversity winds' i think alle mentioned in one of her comments. i must again thank you for being an example of and an inspiration for goal setting, one step at a timeism, and facing fears. it has been watching you and discussing with you the day to day effort of working those attributes that has resulted in my own efforts moving forward. thank you, smiling harry

    as prayer and gratitude continue to result in a strength i did not think i had, my fears are peeling away like the 'adversity winds' i think alle mentioned in one of her comments. i must again thank you for being an example of and an inspiration for goal setting, one step at a timeism, and facing fears. it has been watching you and discussing with you the day to day effort of working those attributes that has resulted in my own efforts moving forward.
    thank you, smiling harry

  • Denise

    Denise

    Smiling back Harry. Thanks!

    Smiling back Harry. Thanks!

  • Mindy Fink

    Mindy Fink

    I really enjoyed your performance at Temple B'Nai Abraham last night. Your music and lyrics are wonderful and brought back many memories of my high school and college days. Having seen this posting about your b-day performance, I'm delighted to find out that we share the same b-day!

    I really enjoyed your performance at Temple B'Nai Abraham last night. Your music and lyrics are wonderful and brought back many memories of my high school and college days. Having seen this posting about your b-day performance, I'm delighted to find out that we share the same b-day!

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thank you Mindy! Wow, a March 23rd birthday sister. I will think of you on our birthday. I enjoyed last night too. It felt good to connect with a room filled with friendly faces. Thank you for coming!

    Thank you Mindy! Wow, a March 23rd birthday sister. I will think of you on our birthday. I enjoyed last night too. It felt good to connect with a room filled with friendly faces. Thank you for coming!

  • Mary LeVasseur

    Mary LeVasseur

    Denise , your words: it is through humanity that bounds are made not perfection so resonated with me. Recently I went on a Buddist retreat . Part of the retreat we discussed how our strengths can often seperate us but our weakness brings us closer. I thought about people competing with each other compared to people joining with each other for a common cause. So your words once again resonated with me.

    Denise , your words: it is through humanity that bounds are made not perfection so resonated with me. Recently I went on a Buddist retreat . Part of the retreat we discussed how our strengths can often seperate us but our weakness brings us closer. I thought about people competing with each other compared to people joining with each other for a common cause. So your words once again resonated with me.

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Mary. It is hard to be vulnerable, but allowing it, inviting it in, creates rich soil for magic to take root. We often struggle in similar ways in private, and it is a powerful thing to knock down the doors we hide behind and see each other. I love that you read my blog. I always love hearing from you. Your comments make my website a richer experience. Thanks...

    Thanks Mary. It is hard to be vulnerable, but allowing it, inviting it in, creates rich soil for magic to take root. We often struggle in similar ways in private, and it is a powerful thing to knock down the doors we hide behind and see each other.
    I love that you read my blog. I always love hearing from you. Your comments make my website a richer experience. Thanks...

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