Reaching for a Dream

I have always had a rich and detailed fantasy life. It is a way to visualize and practice things that call to me. It is also a defense against the fallout of disappointing days.  
 
Some of the things I dream about have come true, like having a second album, selling out a show, and teaching my writing workshop.  Some things that are dear to my heart will likely never come true, but a HUGE fantasy is currently within reach. I am doing my best to make it real.
 
For decades, while sitting in the crowd listening to performers at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, I wished I could be one of them.  For years, I was not ready.  I needed to hone my stagecraft and my guitar playing.  I needed to write more songs.  Once I became ready, it was hard to be seriously considered.  The folks who book the festival had never heard of me, and it is a highly sought after gig. 
 
Last year, I was formally turned down.  That was a step in the right direction!  Along with my rejection, I was offered some direction from the Folksong Society about a path to take to be considered in the future.  I took their advice! Now, I am one month away from a true audition for the festival. 
 
Not only would playing there be a thrill and an honor, it would also be a strong addition to my musical resume, and would possibly make other doors open more easily. This is an enormous deal to me, and I will do my best to show them my finest work.
 
If you are in the Philadelphia area, please come to the audition.  It is being held on Friday March 7th at the Tin Angel.  Help me to illustrate for the jury that I have a following.  Your presence will make a difference, and it will be deeply appreciated.
 
Wish me luck!
 
What dream to you want to make real?


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7 comments

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Alle! I appreciate you sending your energy my way. It helps... Thanks for always being in my corner!

    Thanks Alle! I appreciate you sending your energy my way. It helps... Thanks for always being in my corner!

  • Bryan Abes

    Bryan Abes Kennett square

    I hope and pray every day that you make it into the Philly folk festival. As for your question about what dream I would like to make real, that would be to get better at playing the guitar. Same thing with the piano, but you were my inspiration for picking up the guitar again. Just like you were sitting in the crowd at the folk festival wishing you could be one of the performers, I was sitting in the congregation at temple for 3 years listening to you play the guitar and wishing I could do it that well and naturally. I'm in your corner. Good luck with everything.

    I hope and pray every day that you make it into the Philly folk festival. As for your question about what dream I would like to make real, that would be to get better at playing the guitar. Same thing with the piano, but you were my inspiration for picking up the guitar again. Just like you were sitting in the crowd at the folk festival wishing you could be one of the performers, I was sitting in the congregation at temple for 3 years listening to you play the guitar and wishing I could do it that well and naturally. I'm in your corner. Good luck with everything.

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thank you Bryan! Your comment touched my heart. It is an honor for me to be an inspiration for you. You are reminding me that we never know whom we touch. I am sure you are an inspiration to someone in a way you never imagined. Thanks for your support. I know I am a bit far for you, but I give guitar lessons... My best to you!

    Thank you Bryan! Your comment touched my heart. It is an honor for me to be an inspiration for you. You are reminding me that we never know whom we touch. I am sure you are an inspiration to someone in a way you never imagined. Thanks for your support. I know I am a bit far for you, but I give guitar lessons... My best to you!

  • harry

    harry maine

    thanx D for sharing the dream and your excitement about being so close to achieving it. It's a big dream. Having listened to you tell me of your other dreams lately; then watching them come true, i believe in you and your relentless ability to make your dreams come true. i had a dream once, and it became a reality. Then it was over. i havent developed another dream yet. Cheers

    thanx D for sharing the dream and your excitement about being so close to achieving it. It's a big dream. Having listened to you tell me of your other dreams lately; then watching them come true, i believe in you and your relentless ability to make your dreams come true.
    i had a dream once, and it became a reality. Then it was over. i havent developed another dream yet.
    Cheers

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks for believing in me Harry. I appreciate it, and I wish you new dreams. Some of mine have been elusive, but I keep aiming for them, one step at a time. It gives me hope for the future, and makes me feel like me. My best to you...

    Thanks for believing in me Harry. I appreciate it, and I wish you new dreams. Some of mine have been elusive, but I keep aiming for them, one step at a time. It gives me hope for the future, and makes me feel like me. My best to you...

  • Kathy

    Kathy

    Just made reservations and purchased tickets for March 7th!! We'll be hooting and hollering!!

    Just made reservations and purchased tickets for March 7th!! We'll be hooting and hollering!!

  • Denise

    Denise

    Yeah!! I am so glad you are coming Kathy. Thank you!

    Yeah!! I am so glad you are coming Kathy. Thank you!

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