Realizing this would happen, I had already decided to cut January from our schedule in future.
But now I’m thinking of keeping it, because the event turned out to be a lot of fun, and had a much more intimate feeling than we’ve experienced in the past. I think it was the most deeply enjoyable event we’ve had. Maybe smaller is better. On Thursday, everyone went home feeling good about the evening.
A lack of formality may have had something to do with it. Everything was casual, starting with Jan Figurski’s music. Jan had been our featured poet, and our musician, back in October. He sings with such ease and beauty that it seems to flow out of him effortlessly. His personality feels like that too. When his set was finished, I was so warmed and calmed by it that I told the audience that if only I could sing like that I would never be down or anxious. I’d just be bouncing down that road happy. They felt it too. Quite obviously.