Go where the doors are opening. Might be the best advice I’ve ever gotten.
We all have doors right? Doors we long to open. Doors we’re afraid to knock on. Doors we’ve tried beating down to no avail. I had one such door this week.
My sweet Tommy was asked to play at this cool liberal christian festival in North Carolina called the Wild Goose Festival. People like Jim Wallis, T-Bone Burnett, Tony Campolo and Beth Nielson Chapman are all on the bill of speakers/performers. My mouth waters just looking at the list. As soon as he was invited, I was making plans to go with him. Figuring out who I wanted to hear speak. What gigs I would try and catch. High anticipation on my end. And then the letter came in the mail saying that Caroline had to take a class in summer school. No absences allowed. Bummer. I went on a quest to see who might be available to stay with the kids while I went with Tom. The girls’ dad? Busy. The girls’ grandmother? Also busy. My mother? Lives too far to drive every day to make sure the girl is in school. I knocked on door after door after door. Nothing was working out.
You know that feeling you have right before you know you need to give up? The one that says, hang on just a little longer? But deep down, you know you’re hanging on for the sheer sake of hanging on? That’s where I was Sunday night before I let go of the rope. And got a little depressed. And admittedly had a little pity party about the whole thing. Sometimes you just have to.
Come Monday morning, the world looked a little less bleak. I felt a little less miserable. Probably because I had something fun to look forward to that night. Be Music and Entertainment was sponsoring a “Nashville style” songwriter in the round at 41 Entertainment Production Studios. I was invited to be part of an audience privileged to hear great hit-writing Nashville songwriters. The guys that wrote Jesus Take The Wheel (Brett James), Live Like You Were Dying (Tim Nichols), and Oscar nominated Coming Home (Bob DiPiero). It was a great night. Made even greater by a new unexpected door that was placed in front of me.
While at 41 Entertainment, Robin Creasman, one of the producers for the upcoming TV show that I’ve been cast in asked me if I was busy this saturday. When I asked why, he said that he had a gig for me. Opening for Jon Christopher Davis (who has had his songs covered by Dolly Parton, Hal Ketchum, Tammy Cochran, Sherrie Austin, Billy Ray Cyrus etc) at a big beautiful amphitheater in Plano. They’re expecting a crowd of over 1000 people. Outside of playing at festivals with Tom, probably the biggest gig I’ve ever had. And not only that, the Troubadour,Tx film crew will be coming to the house on saturday afternoon to film “fly on the wall style” what it’s like to be a mom with kiddos getting ready for a gig. And then filming the gig.
Whenever I pause to remember…go where the doors are opening…I don’t fret. I don’t beat my head against the wall. I sit back and allow the universe to work it’s magic. Because it definitely has magic to work. In my life and in yours.
Go where the doors are opening. I’ll say.