Monday, July 8, 2013

Get Off of My (thunder) Cloud

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photo by Chelsie Clarke

I guess it's true, you can't always get what you want.

Friday night brought the most torrential, unrelenting storm of the season. It didn't just rain, it baptized our town in water and continually confirmed with lightning. On the Rooftop we were reduced to humbled humans, our hands on our useless heads, wondering if our prayers were being heard.

Then we packed up and took our show on the road to Velour where we entertained a small percentage of our original audience, but gave them a night worth remembering. Twice, in fact. I mean, look at that photo from the stage above, Kiki from the Hollering Pines, Scott Vance from The New Electric Sound (and The Moth & the Flame), Tyler Glenn from Neon Trees, Ryan Innes, Stuart Maxfield from Fictionist and the hats of Ryan Tanner and Joshua James.

You can't always get what you want, but sometimes you just might find you get what you need.

This is what we need here in Provo--a mix of magic in the skies and rock and roll, hot nights in crowded music galleries with bouncing babies, young loves and the parents who remember Mick Jagger. We need a little of James Valentine from Maroon 5 on the guitar and Joshua James in the sweaty audience and Ryan Innes taking everyone to church as the rain douses the desert outside. 

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top photos by Justin Hackworth & last two by Chelsie Clark

And you know, I've been working really hard at learning to surrender control. I couldn't control the rain on Friday night, I had to acknowledge that it is what it is. A rainstorm blew over our big plans and sent us reshaped into a little, beautiful venue. But all this work to give up perfection paid off on Friday night. I was able to let it all go, and see the grace in a community coming together.

I think I might be getting better.

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photo by Justin Hackworth

For more photos of the night and a poetic review, go here and here.

Thanks to the McKeon Sisters for styling my 60's-ethereal-flower-child-look! So fun!


 

6 comments:

Deborah said...

Good 4 u Courtney. I admire your tenacity to always seek understanding of self with deep introspection. Plus it's always entertaining. Bless u.

Chelsie Clarke said...

Thanks for the shout out Courtney (: I'm so happy my photos have been put to use!! Against all odds that night turned out incredible.. thanks again for making it possible!!

Mom2-4 said...

The photos are incredible! Wow.

Ali said...

I sort of like when Nature shows herself stronger. Reminds of us how big we really are, and very often, things come back into a better perspective.

Ali in Switz

leah jane said...

where did you get that lovely white dress?? Please share!

bev said...

yes, please share where that beautiful white dress is from! love it! and love that jacqueline and company helped get you all dolled up! i know she was so excited about that!