Friday nights are my favorite. Always have been. Work is done of the week, and the longest stretch of time before you have to return to reality is ahead of you. You can do anything. Friday nights have always felt full of possibilities. (Even if those possibilities were just a trip to CiCi’s for Friday night dinner and another round of TGIF shows, like they were for me growing up.)
This past Friday night was no different: as I left work, I was excited to get home, change clothes and take off for my musical adventure: Keeton Coffman’s living room show.
Earlier on Friday Keeton debuted his very first solo EP (which you can download for free right here), and he was going to spend his Friday night playing some of these new songs in a house show setting. House shows are quickly becoming my favorite way to hear music, so I snapped up my free ticket, bought some PBR and snacks to share at the Kroger around the corner from my house and set off for my low key night of music.
Sometimes that’s all a girl needs in her life: a cheap beer and a cozy place to listen to some heartfelt songs.
And boy did Keeton deliver. It was a pretty small gathering – no more than 20 of us there – but with Keeton playing acoustic guitar and his buddy Jonathan on percussion duty, these two delivered a spectacular set of music. He played a few songs off the EP, like the EP’s title track “Stumble Upon Love”, that I don’t think I had heard yet. He played some old favorites, like “The Magician”, which get stuck in my head and don’t come out for days.
And in between each song, he offered up stories. Stories about him and being a musician. Stories about wooing his wife with music. Stories about what these songs – and music – mean to him. And with every one, I found myself growing more introspective because I was so amazed at how perfectly he could articulate what it means to love music.
I often look at local musicians I know and think, when it comes to creating art what makes them that much different from me? I have a book (yes, about music) swirling around in my head. It’s been up there since I moved home from Oklahoma 4.5 years ago. Yet, it stays up there because I’m terrified I’ll screw it up if I write it all down.
But all these bands I go to see? They’re doing it. They’re writing lyrics down on paper and creating melodies and beats and making music and playing shows. Not all of it is Rock & Roll Hall of Fame worthy, but that isn’t the point – they’re doing it. They’re going after it and making their dream happen.
More than anything this year, I solidified the notion that a lot of things are never going to happen unless I go after them and make them happen.
So instead of just enjoying a cold beer and some catchy melodies to stick in my head, I went home from that living room show Friday night with a major dose of inspiration. Because if other people out there feel the same way I do about music and the art they create and are making it a reality…what’s stopping me from also putting pen to paper and making my dream real?
If that doesn’t sell you on downloading Keeton’s new EP for free, I don’t know what will.
Chasing down my dreams,
P.S. Check out the just-posted bootlegs from Friday night’s show HERE!