It was a time of foundation building for our family and for Ted's business. I have vivid images of the beginnings of Fan Friday, birthed there amid the hay fields in the summer and our living room throughout the winter. We hung quilts on the walls and tried desperately to light the low ceilinged room well enough that you could see Ted's face when we filmed in the shadows of the midnight oil. I find myself reflecting on those years as we pack Ted for the Go West 2015 tour this May because we are still talking about the same things we were then- how to manage our time, how to set up good work habits and family time, how to better connect with the folks who enjoy Ted's music, and how to express our delight in continuing to raise our family in this business.
Ted just did a house show just last weekend that reminds me of those first years and of the treasure of our connection to you today. In January a thoughtful wife in MI secretly began planning a house show for her husband, to surprise him on his birthday in April. She cleverly disguised the plans as a potential upcoming house show they would host in July. But just a week or two before the secret date this wife's best friend suddenly died and she had to reveal to her husband her plans so they could deal with all of the unexpected changes taking place. Amid the upheaval they still had Ted come, and they blessed his socks off with their humor and spunk and the enthusiasm that packed their house to standing room only with guests who have now become our friends too. When Ted comes home and tells me the stories, I find myself wondering if he will ever pursue many large concert halls because of the huge fulfillment that comes from having time for personal interaction with you in house shows. Most nights like this I am choked up with the wealth of having such generous, open-hearted people our lives.
So this one's for you. Because whether you're playing your CD for a neighbor or hitting the like button on facebook, you are sharing your time, your talent, and your loved ones with us. Like the spring leaves about to unfurl on our apple trees, these little actions are soon becoming a glorious extension of verdant life and joy. And hope is carried outward and upward from person to person, contagious, sparkling and vibrant.