If there’s one thing I love most about being home, it’s our little house, even more-so now that we have a kitty! Her name is Max (short for Maxine) and we adopted her a few weeks ago. She is playful, cuddly, and greets us at the door when we come home from work. We are smitten!
I could go on all day about how much I love Max, but what I really wanted to share with you is the SECOND thing I love about being home: being part of a community. There are just over 15 000 people in Brooks, so you end up getting to know people almost unintentionally. Between going to church, grocery shopping, and walking around downtown, we are constantly running into people we know. It’s fun. But we realized that we didn’t really know any other musicians in town, so we talked to the local coffee spot, The Steaming Cup, about starting an open mic.
On January 18 we had our first ever open mic event, and it was SO much fun. We had three performers play, and the cafe was packed with listeners, including the mayor! I feel like this city has been hiding some incredible talent, and I’m so happy to finally have a place to uncover that talent. It was great to see the musicians who came out connect with each other and with the people who came to listen. That’s the whole idea of the open mic: give artists a platform to share their songs, and a space to connect with each other. Who knows what kind of collaborations will come out of those connections?
Because of our different approach to touring this year, we’re actually going to be home at some point every month until June, which means that we’re able to run the open mic once a month for six months! The next one is coming up on February 8, and I’m really excited about it. I’m hoping that a few more musicians will come out to share their songs, and that a greater appreciation for local art and music will happen as a result.
I would encourage you to get involved in your community in some way. Bring people together. It’s life-giving, and you never know what it might be the start of!
Until next time,