I started in the second song, Betty's Diner, about the pastoral care of a late night diner waitress. And I wished I had brought a bigger handkerchief before the night was through.
Chris and I went to her concert at the Freight and Salvage coffeehouse last night in Berkeley. We met up with half a dozen other Quakers, some of whom are regulars at the Freight, but all of whom had come to hear this special Quaker singer-songwriter from Indiana. We may have been the only ones who got the Quaker jokes, but at least we laughed loudly.
We were able to trace the links among us - I first heard Carrie's music when Lisa gave us a mix cd with a couple of Carrie's songs, Chris found a link online about the concert, and sent an email to me, and then to the Bay Area Quaker google list, which Tom set up, and Lisa made an announcement to her meeting where Laura reminded them that Carrie donates part of her proceeds to the AFSC, and then Laura and Lisa invited Darcy and Rachel to come too, and we invited a bunch of people from our meeting, and Neil took us up on it. You following all that? Nevermind.
Her songwriting is amazing. The song, "Where You Been," is a haunting tune about the prophets among us. (You can hear a clip on her site, just click on the playlist at the top. But I'll warn you, the website is slow, and it hangs up my computer while it's loading.)
Brother, where you been?The music was beautiful, not technically perfect performance-wise, but well suited to her deep alto voice, with Carrie on guitar and Gary Walters on piano. The uptempo songs, like the one about the bowling alley queen, were funny too.
Hold on if you can.
Just do your best and
Then, say Amen.
She also has a new website, set up to accompany one of her funny songs, "Don't Push Send," because people started sending her their excruciating tales of email embarrassment. You can post your own stories as well.
So if you get the chance, let Carrie make you cry too.
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