It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a music Monday. But there’s no way I can’t not do one for this guy, who I’m SO EXCITED will be playing at The Emerald Thread on August 7th for our 1st Birthday Celebrash.
So as I’ve grown more and more pregnant, I’ve been limited on how I tend to my commitments. My friend Rachel Grubb, a resident musician and volunteer for The Emerald Thread, is holding down the fort and getting ish done for our gatherings. She is the one that recommended Ricky Kendall play for our August gathering, and booked him for the event. I typically don’t listen to any of the musicians before they play for us, either because they don’t have anything hard/virtual to send me, or because I’d really just rather it be a surprise.
I finally gave Ricky a listen last week, and I was pretty blown away. I listened to his song “Family Tree” first, and of course it got right to the center of me. This guy knows how to write a song.
Ricky is a musician-in-residence for UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine, offering musical therapy to patients. The video below with Jamal is one of the guy’s he’s worked with (it got me in the feels big time). You definitely need to read more about what he does with Shands and their patients here.
Check out his website as well! If you’re in Central North Florida around August 7th, come on over to the Downtown Arts Center in Lake City and catch a free performance by Ricky and some other musicians. I promise, you won’t leave disappointed.
As I was on my way to pick Daniel up from work yesterday evening, Piano Man by Billy Joel came on the radio, and I will listen to it every time. There is one particular lyric in that song that I just love. He uses the word “bread” to replace the word “money.” I don’t know why, but it is so good to me. It got me to thinking about other lyrics that have moved/stayed with me. I wanted to share.
“They sit at the bar and put bread in my jar and say, ‘man, what are you doin here?'” – Billy Joel Piano Man
“Some days aren’t yours at all, they come and go as if they were someone elses days…” – Regina Spektor Somedays
“Why’d they kill my dog and man I miss my Uncle Charles, ya’ll…” -Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Crossroads
“As the lover knows his beloved’s heart, all the shapes and curves of her even in the dark…” -Audrey Assad Known
“I wish you’d hold me when I turn my back… The less I give you, the more I get back…” The Civil Wars Poison and Wine
“And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back, so shake him off, whoa!” – Florence and the Machine Shake it Out
“All the vampires walkin’ through the valley, move west down Ventura Boulevard…” Tom Petty Free Fallin’
“Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.” – Avett Brothers Murder in the City
“There will come a time I will look in your eye, you will pray to the God that you always denied, then I’ll go out back and I’ll get my gun I’ll say, ‘You haven’t met me, I am the only son.'” -Mumford and Sons Dust Bowl Dance
“In a many dark hour I’ve been thinkin’ about this, that Jesus Christ was betrayed by a kiss, but I can’t think for you, You’ll have to decide whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side.” -Bob Dylan With God on Our Side
“You’ve got no one to blame for your unhappiness, you got yourself into your own mess.” Wilson Phillips Hold On
“All these hit men look like organ grinders to me, Rock Stars on golden chains, little monkeys dancin’ round their feet…” -Edwin McCain Gramercy Park Hotel
“As the music at the banquet, as the wine before the meal, as the firelight in the night, so are you to me.” -Eastmountainsouth So are You to Me
“Now the diner in the morning for a plate of eggs, the waitress tries to give me change I say, ‘nah it’s cool just keep it.'” -Ryan Adams The End
“You’re as white as snow, but you were as bloody as a freshly cut throat… it’s the dirt in my lungs that brought You here to me, to save.” -The Lilies and Sparrows The Dirt
“Lord have mercy on my soul, I’ve had a good run but I can’t run anymore, just put me down…” -Every Time I die For the Record
“We are, we are, home for a season…” -Gasoline Heart That Girl
“Your first dawn blinded you, left you cursing the day, entrance is crucial and it’s not without pain…” -Nickel Creek This Side
“Until the sea of glass we meet, at last completed and complete, the tide of tear and pain subside, laughter drinks them dry…” -Switchfoot Restless
“When I get older losing my hair many years from now, will you still be sending me a valentine, birthday greetings, bottles of wine?” -The Beatles When I’m Sixty Four
“And this life sentence that I’m serving, I admit that I’m ever bit deserving, but the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair.” -Relient K Be My Escape