The Main Point

The Main Point, a folk club in Bryn Mawr, PA showed fourteen year old me who I was.  It introduced me to a world that called to me louder and clearer than anything had ever called to me before.  It was a world of wonderfully crafted songs and fabulous musicians playing those songs just feet from where I was sitting, mesmerized and hanging on to every word.

It was a small, store-sized place, with rows of wooden chairs surrounding a small stage, and rectangular tables, where concertgoers were served lovingly prepared offerings, including gingerbread and camomile tea, vegetarian chili, fruit soup and baby loaves of bread with cheese. I seem to remember that the legal occupancy sign on the wall read two hundred and thirty people! It was a charming, cozy place where magic lived…  The Main Point! It beaconed me into my future.

The Main Point showed me who my people were. It felt like home, and after they finally hired me at age eighteen, I was in that room almost every night for three years, until they sadly closed their doors.  I waited on customers, swept and mopped floors, cleaned dressing rooms, and did whatever needed to be done.  I also made lifelong friends.  I would have done it for free. 

I recognized myself in the singer/songwriters I saw and heard there, and I have spent my life uncovering and empowering that part of me.  Ultimately, that journey has led me here.  I am thrilled to be able to say that I have a litter of new songs born this year that are soon to be released into the world on my upcoming CD. 

I wish the doors of The Main Point were still open.  It was always my dream to play my songs in that magic little room, while song-loving folks ate gingerbread and drank chamomile tea.  I wonder if there would have been a fourteen-year-old girl in the second row, glimpsing the road to her future…

11 comments

  • Cari Cole

    Cari Cole

    Beautiful story Denise - so eloquently written. Congrats on the new site, the new blog and the new "litter" being born! Look forward to hearing them and helping you usher them into the world. xoxo

    Beautiful story Denise - so eloquently written. Congrats on the new site, the new blog and the new "litter" being born! Look forward to hearing them and helping you usher them into the world. xoxo

  • Sistergirl

    Sistergirl

    You continue to amaze me with your "word" wizardry! It's your time now! I am so glad you are embracing your talent. You are extraordinary and I wish all your dreams to come true! I love you so much!

    You continue to amaze me with your "word" wizardry! It's your time now! I am so glad you are embracing your talent. You are extraordinary and I wish all your dreams to come true!
    I love you so much!

  • Clara Bellino

    Clara Bellino

    I loved reading your touching story Denise, you reminded me of shows where I was that 14 year old girl listening to the magic and wanting to be part of that world. Thanks! and congrats on your new site! Love, C.

    I loved reading your touching story Denise, you reminded me of shows where I was that 14 year old girl listening to the magic and wanting to be part of that world. Thanks! and congrats on your new site! Love, C.

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Thank you so much for your comments! It made me smile to read them. Your support is deeply appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog... My best, Denise

    Thank you so much for your comments! It made me smile to read them. Your support is deeply appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog...
    My best,
    Denise

  • Natalie Katz

    Natalie Katz

    Denise, both on the Bimah and off, you music continues to move me. Thank you - for sharing you music, your spirit, and your journey with us!

    Denise, both on the Bimah and off, you music continues to move me. Thank you - for sharing you music, your spirit, and your journey with us!

  • Carrie Beehan

    Carrie Beehan

    Love the new site and your touching Blog - everything working really well on this site. Great work and your song I Believe is wonderful.

    Love the new site and your touching Blog - everything working really well on this site. Great work and your song I Believe is wonderful.

  • F.

    F.

    WOW ! I am humbled by your writing skill... Amazing

    WOW ! I am humbled by your writing skill... Amazing

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks F!

    Thanks F!

  • Jim C

    Jim C

    I finally made it to your blog. I too remember the Main Point and it was just as you so eloquently described. I was mesmerized by the music of so many talented performers. I am touched by your music, your words, and especially by your persona. Thank you for your gifts...

    I finally made it to your blog. I too remember the Main Point and it was just as you so eloquently described. I was mesmerized by the music of so many talented performers. I am touched by your music, your words, and especially by your persona. Thank you for your gifts...

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Jim! Much appreciated...

    Thanks Jim! Much appreciated...

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks for your comment Lynda. I envy you some for working there during those years. I was a young customer for some of those years, but I wish I had been in time for Joni and JT. The years I did work there were magical for me, and left me forever changed. Thanks again for your thoughts. The Main Point is still connecting people.

    Thanks for your comment Lynda. I envy you some for working there during those years. I was a young customer for some of those years, but I wish I had been in time for Joni and JT. The years I did work there were magical for me, and left me forever changed. Thanks again for your thoughts. The Main Point is still connecting people.

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