Mercy, Mercy Me….
Wow it’s February 2013 and I just realized that I haven’t blogged since July of last year. Damn is that right?? I’ve meant well y’all…I started a whole lot of blogs about a whole lot of important topics. But I just didn’t like the way they sounded and never hit that “publish” button. I would rather not say anything at all than to just keep yapping about the same old stuff everyone else is yapping about. I know that’s not how “artists” are supposed to do…we are supposed to keep our yapping out there so people will stay interested. Yawnnn…lol. But you know I gotta be me and it just wasn’t working for me.
Seriously though…up through the end of December I was overwhelmed. My musical endeavors kept me spinning along with my impending day job layoff, sick relatives, and the usual mommy stuff we all have to deal with rendered me blogless. LOL But here I am now so let’s go…
I feel it’s important as an artist (and human being in general) to give something back to your community and the world. While I do frequently give what I can I really wanted to be able to do something with my music as well. I know there are a lot of important music charities out there but I really wanted something I could be a part of and experience on my own right in my hometown. I’ve spent quite a long time looking for a LOCAL organization that strives to make a difference while using music as the means to help others. And as it so happens with all things I’m looking for, the perfect organization crossed my path at just the right time…
Through the magic that is Facebook I bumped into Robin Fay Massie-Pighee, the director of Musicians of Mercy. I’m not even sure what the first event was that she posted…maybe Patterson Park or the Jubilee Arts benefit. But it was an open call for musicians to donate their time/talents for a show to raise money. Something drew me in. Maybe it was the fact that once I emailed her to inquire about being a part of the show she responded in all caps and exclamation points!! “YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!” I would soon learn that this is no act or internet persona…she really is THAT exuberant in real life! 🙂
So Musicians of Mercy, (MOM for short) seemed to be the organization that was a good fit for me. They don’t give to just one cause, they respond to whatever needs are out there at the moment both local and worldwide. MOM raises funds for humanitarian causes through the production of benefit concerts. All performers volunteer their time and talents in concerts that are open to the public at little to no cost. MOM showcases a variety of artists…solo performing artists, chamber ensembles, jazz combos, spoken word, and a full orchestra. It all started when Robin learned of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and wanted to do something to help. Maybe that’s what I connect with the most. So many times I’ve wanted to do something but didn’t know where to begin. She just grabbed her viola and jumped in!! I admire that! I know this is a labor of love for Robin and all the musicians involved and quite frequently she has to pay for some of the expenses associated with doing these events herself.
I’ve performed for a few Musicians of Mercy benefit concerts and I always walk away feeling blessed to be a part of such a great group of artists coming together for a common cause. Truthfully I always wished I could do more. And my wish was heard with an opportunity that presented itself in an unlikely situation.
QueenEarth asked me to accompany her for her set as a part of the World AIDS Day event at Creative Alliance. After the show we were approached and asked if we would like to have a concert in the spring. We were told we could have a few acts together and select a charitable organization to donate part of the proceeds to. After some late night brainstorming at the Double T Diner, meetings over chicken wings and whiskey, and gmail conversations, we had a show and a charity!!
So with that being said, on Thursday, March 28th 8-10pm at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, instead of Musicians of Mercy having a concert to benefit another charity…WE are having a benefit concert FOR Musicians of Mercy! Brooks Long and The Mad Dog No Good, QueenEarth, and me, Janice B. together on one stage! It won’t be 3 feature acts…we are performing together!! It’s gonna be a blast! Proceeds from the ticket sales and 20% of CD sales that night will go to Musicians of Mercy to help them continue with their humanitarian efforts.
I’m really excited and blessed to be able to have this opportunity to perform alongside such amazing artists and great friends while giving something back with our music. As my circle of love widens, the blessings continue to flow. I hope you will join us on March 28th!
Check the following link for details:
Facebook event page:
For more info on Musicians of Mercy:
Love and light,