Furiously Happy – The Theme Song

Some of you may or may not be familiar with Jennifer Lawson (The Bloggess) – if you are, you know that she is one amazing lady with two New York Times Best-Belling books to her credit (Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy) and an amazingly hilarious blog that shares a lot of her struggles with depression and the incredible darkness that we all can fall into when we get captured by it…never letting us forget that depression lies and there is light on its way and that you are worthy of being Furiously Happy.

What does this have to do with music or house shows, you ask?

It’s quite simple, really. Those that make art, take music for example, typically have gone through some pretty tough times. May they be circumstances, events, depression, struggles, anger, being poor, losing love, moving into the more joyous times; finding love, faith, friendship and happiness…even books – all of these things meld together and sometimes, successfully separately, to create art. Some of the best songs in the world, came from utter heartbreak.

My good friend and incredible singer/songwriter and musician Emma Hill, has just come out on the other side of – for lack of a better phrase – a really shitty year. Let me tell you something about this incredible creature – and this may be the typical M.O. for most people that struggle with their own issues – you’d never know that she’s going through anything at all. When she is on tour, she is “on” and ready to perform and that part of her – the dark side – sort of gets pushed down and she has a show to put on and so there’s no time to dwell in the darkness. And she is REALLY successful at it. From her sad times, have come some of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. I admired her music before I actually met her. Then, when I met her, I fell in love with her as a person and we became fast friends. We’ve had long talks and quiet times and lots and lots of fun times. So when she was struggling last year, I decided to send her Jenny’s book, “Furiously Happy”.

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If you have not read this book, I highly encourage it. HIGHLY. It’s hilarious and uncomfortable and healing and FABULOUSLY FUNNY!

A few really cool things happened after Emma read this book. 1.) She found someone that makes her Furiously Happy. Her new love, Patrick. 2.) She wrote an incredible song inspired by her new found love and the book that helped her find her way out of the darkness.

At our most recent house show, before the crowd came and it was just our family and her and her musical companion Bryan Daste, she told me she had a surprise for me. She preceded to grab her guitar and her song Furiously Happy stumbled into my life. I was beyond touched and actually started thinking about what this song would mean to Jenny and all the people that have been touched by her writing. I want to share it with you here and hope that you share it with your loved ones and those that mean everything to you and also to those that may be in the darkness, trying to fight their way out.

Music is life. Live it. Love it. Share it with the world.

 

 

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2 House Shows in ONE WEEK, y’all!

Hey Music Lovers!!! What a week we had!

The Banner Days

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First, we had the INCREDIBLE Bradford Loomis and Beth Whitney of The Banner Days in our home to play for our family and friends. We had an incredible time!! Our house was full of love and appreciation and best of all, MUSIC.

Here is a link to The Banner Days Bandcamp music player. FYI – I completely adore the song “Song in my head” but you can’t go wrong if you listen to all of them…like…”Brother” is playing right now and I’m dying because of Beth’s voice. As far as Bradford is concerned…this beast of a man has the soul of a gentle giant and his powerful voice filled our home to the RAFTERS in the best way imaginable and he could hold it back so softly to a whisper – just magical.

They are truly spectacular and there are some HUGE things happening for them within the music industry. It was very exciting to have had them in our home before they blow up so huge they won’t be able to play in these intimate settings anymore. So gracious and humble. GAH! How is it that these people we meet are so freaking AMAZINGLY talented and STILL SUPER RAD?!

The Banner Days are getting ready to embark on a tour across the US and I encourage you to look for them – like them on Facebook and check their status messages to find out where you can see them live.

Bryan John Appleby

Our second house show was at a friends house and they booked Bryan John Appleby.

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We had a chance to see Bryan play at a local church in Tacoma, WA a couple years back. The show was put on by a local production company called The Warehouse. They put on these great shows called “Candlelit Show” and they are usually held in a church or really cool old vintage concert hall – anyway – when our friends told us they booked him we pretty much freaked out and instantly said we’d be there.

His touch on the guitar is really great…soft and subtle fingerpicking and his voice is just tender and builds throughout the song. Bryan is also getting ready to tour starting in May and y’all should look him up if you’re on the West coast.

Just so that you can get to know Bryan a little bit, I wanted to share this video. You’ll need about 12 minutes…but just before the 4:00 mark, you’ll hear his sweet voice sing and his guitar. I hope you enjoy:

You’ll probably get tired of reading my words and telling you how important music is to me and our family and friends, but it bears repeating. If you know of an independent artist or hear something that I’ve shared that you like, start following these artists. They need our support. Go to their shows. Be prepared to purchase their CD’s, T-shirts and any other merchandise they have for sale. Donate to them. Participate in their Go Fund Me pages, GIVE. THEM. MONEY. They work so hard to share their gifts and talent. They deserve it.

Thank you for reading. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below. I’d love to hear from you – if you are interested in hosting your own House Show and would like to know how to accomplish this or have any questions at all, leave me a comment.

Music is life. Live it. Love it. Share it with the world!