Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sarah Sample In My Green Room


Over the weekend Chup and I held a small, private concert in the Green Room. It was an incredible night for us in many ways, some of our neighbors, friends and family were able to come, and some of them ate my cheese sandwiches and caramel dipped apples and marshmallows. And everyone had Azucar's Sampler--a grapefruit and ginger-infused Mormon-friendly refreshment.

And then there was Sarah Sample--our honored performer.

There were times her voice and music and lyrics were so beautiful I'd start to cry. And I'd look around the room and wonder if everyone else was feeling what I was feeling. I wanted to sob because life is so beautiful, so gorgeous. And I wondered how I became so soft.



Tonight we sat in the Green Room, twenty four hours after the concert--Chup, the children and me. I was talking about how I want to write about Sarah--her music, her voice, her friendship, her charisma and honor of art--has made me rethink what I do and how I want to be better at my own craft.

Then Chup turned to me and said, "Sarah made me cry like four times last night."

Oh gosh, I see I wasn't the only one.

I have got some writing to do--it would be selfish of me to not try and share that feeling of spirit with everyone I know.



p.s. here are two photos of me singing Holiday with Sarah (and Paul Jacobsen). After Chup said, surprisingly "You sounded pretty good," which you may not know is nothing short of A MIRACLE and also, practice makes pretty good.







p.p.s. this one is for whoever you are, and you know who you are.

42 comments:

Tiffany Fackrell said...

can we be friends so that I can come to these private concerts in the green room?! Oh drats...I live in Washington...it sounds dreamy!

P.S. I would have cried right along with you...i cry over everything these days. I had a mom call today to thank me for being her son's sunbeam teacher...yep cried then too. when did I become so soft? geesh!

{april kennedy} said...

I play Sarah Sample in my Gospel Doctrine class all the time. It started when I was teaching about Noah!!

Annie said...

You're not the only softie! I used to tease my dad for crying during the Kleenex commercials, and now my kids catch me crying about all kinds of stuff. "Mom, did you know your eyes are dripping?"

Thanks for sharing.

cafe rio whore said...

someone who was there that night may or may not have had to exit the green room to go sit on the stairs for a few minutes and, um, sob.

AFarCryFromNormal said...

That house concert does sound dreamy. Sara Sample has AMAZING talent. I have had to grab a tissue or two listening to her music too. You aren't alone! Ya, mommahood has made me a BIG softie!

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Keya said...

That's so cool

This Girl loves to Talk said...

you make me want to have a much more creative life! Im jealous of concerts (family ones and public rooftop ones) dinner parties in the back yard etc.

Oh and poor topher.. having his sexuality questioned ;)

*off to think up a dinner party now....

Summer said...

never heard of Sarah Sample, will give her a listen. And I want a green room that I can throw parties in. Right now I use my aqua room, but it needs a better name, and cool white fabric backdrops like you've got!

Butlers said...

You are such a cheater! You say your blogs are on the day you write when it is barely midnight my time!
So I looked on Friday for your blog but remembered that you posted at midnight on Thursday making it a "Friday blog". You are nightowl! Write about THAT!

Steph said...

Haha love your little dig at the end Cjane...cute picture, that's love right there ;P

Butternutsage said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so you took my idea of having a concert in the gold room and had it in the green room and didn't invite me....ah huh I know who your friends are now (wink) love the idea really I do! Donna in Massachusetts

The Airharts said...

I cant even tell you how much I love this post!...You see back in the day, about 10 years ago right out of highschool-Sarah was my roomie at utah state...before she was sarah sample (she was just as cool then too)...oh how I love her-It has made me so sad that I cant come to any of her concerts(now that I live across the country)...seeing these pictures make me so happy, just living through you I guess! Thanks for the post-she is amazing!

Rose Graves said...

Oh I am very curious about that last picture ;D lol!

mskaz said...

The last picture cracks me up so much. Awesome.

Molly said...

Sounds like a fun time. And love the pic of Mrs. Topher and Topher at the end. When I was a youngun at BYU and their eldest was a wee one, they were what I wanted my marriage to be like one day. :)

Aubrey said...

Yay! We're having Sarah here for a house concert on Thursday. I can't wait!! :)

Cheers from Nebraska!

Callister said...

I also went to Utah State about 10 years ago and so enjoyed listening to Sarah Sample at "Poetry and Beverage" night. How wonderful that you've reintroduced her into my life. Now, what do I need to do to be invited to one of your concerts?

Kim said...

Just lovely. My favorite part is seeing pictures of Jenny and Carina. I love those girls. :)

Sue said...

Okay...here's a strange question for you.

I have that grapefruit appetizer recipe, and I am wishing and hoping that you will ask your friend who made it if she has any trouble finding the canned, unsweetened grapefruit these days. I simply cannot buy it anywhere, and making that stuff is a family tradition that goes back so many years that I can't stand the thought of stopping it now.

I know it's a pain, but if you could find this out for me (where she gets hers), I would be forever grateful. And so would my family!

=)

crystal b. said...

Sarah makes me cry too. LOVE her voice. I wish I could have been in the green room singing along -- even if the only thing I could do was tap my toe to the beat. :) I just got my Lower Lights stuff downloaded last week. Can I just tell you how much I love twang! :)

emily ballard said...

I love Sarah. I am hosting a giveaway for one of her CDs on my blog. . . it ends today, so if anyone wants in, they will have to hurry!

http://mleballard.blogspot.com/2010/10/sarah-sample-giveaway.html

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

heehee - I remember a certain comment from "anonymous" which prompted that last photo of yours! LOVE IT!!!!!!!

stephanie joy said...

that pic of topher and lisa is KILLING me! no doubters now! awesome! pure genius!

AzĂșcar said...

I only cried 1.5 times. That half a time I gave myself a stern talking-to and made myself think about football or something.

AzĂșcar said...

Sue, you aren't going to like to hear this (probably) but I would just supreme a grapefruit. You can do this in advance up to 24 hours, especially if you store them in their juice until you're ready to use them. (This is how you supreme.)

Justin Hackworth said...

I had the same reaction. Being there, listening to Sarah sing made me want to be better at my craft. And it made me want to have more experiences like that. (hint freak'n hint).

Kathy said...

CJane seriously ...how can you be so cruel to give us a teaser like that and and then not give us the teeniest bit of a sound bite of you singing with Sarah Sample? Really it's just a tad inhumane!!!

Geo said...

What a great parting shot!

Geo said...

(And the rest of you are beautiful as well. And even more so in person. I testify.)

thorney said...

I so wished I lived closer to you and could be considered for an invitation to an event like this you are hosting.

What an amazing evening.

--Mari

Anonymous said...

your last pic is my fav!!

Scarah Kate said...

Add to life list, a gig in Cjane's green room. sweeeet.

Nichole and Jeremy said...

Looks like lots of fun!

Sarah said...

Can we please get the Azucar recipe? Thanks C Jane.

Rob Caldwell said...

I really liked the look of the decor and the drinks. Someone (or many someones) put in a lot of time to do all that. Thanks for sharing and letting us enjoy it too.

Anonymous said...

One more thing. I will say it for the 842 cjane supporters who will want to comment: "Don't listen to that horrible, anonymous troll. You go right ahead and sing your heart out. We love you, Courts!"

Rachael (Tales from the Village) said...

Ooh, I love it. Especially the great big snogfest at the end. As a fellow Blogger With SnogPost, I salute you.

(And I've done a vlog. It's full of rambling Scottish nonsense and cupcakes.)

c jane said...

Dear Anon,
No one ever calls me "Courts" k?
If you are going to come here and get all cute with your rudeness at least get it right.

Court

Annie said...

Geez Louise, I had to create a google account to get back on here. What happened to my other comments? And Marley's? Anyway, sorry that I called you Courts. It's just that I noticed a lot of women doing that on their blogs. You know Kells (Kelly), Jules (Julie), etc., etc.

c jane said...

Annies.

Ms. Fish said...

Is that Justin Hackworth I spy in the third picture down?