This past Saturday I performed at my last John St. Jam. Terri and Steve, the hosts of the monthly concert, announced that they are calling it quits after 11 great years of music sharing. It was an emotional night for everyone. I shared the stage with 3 other performers that were all different and special in their own way. The John St. Jam has made it possible for musicians like myself to be heard and appreciated. It is a safe circle to truly pour your heart out to your audience and no matter what you say, do or sound like, they are all happy and grateful to be there. In every show there are 4 performers who sit in a circle in the center of the room and play 3 rounds of one song each. All of us take turns performing and sharing a bit about each piece. The room is quiet and people are truly taking it all in. By "all" I mean the story, the artist, the lyrics, the music and the emotion inside every performer. It's all given freely and honestly at the John St. Jam because the artist is safe. The performances are so unique and priceless because of this. When an artist feels safe and accepted by its audience, it is like pouring water over a thirsty flower. The petals instantly shine and the stem stands up taller making the flower look so much more beautiful and alive. the John St. Jam has been nourishment to my music and I will truly miss these concerts. I am so honored that I was able to perform on more than one occasion and also able to share the stage with such incredible artists. There are 7 more John St. Jams left. I highly recommend that everyone go at least once before the fun ends.
Thank you, Terri and Steve for your hard work, dedication, good will and kindness.