Holy guacamole, it's been a long day! I was out on Paseo Drive giving an interview with my awesome friend, and soon to be sister-in-law, Camille Harp, at 8:20 am. She is one talented lady, so when Fox 25 wanted me to invite one of the musicians from the Paseo Arts Festival, I knew who I wanted to ask. Have you heard her perform? Now I know that I have a bias here. Anyone who even thinks about ethics knows that family ties don't always influence in the best way when making business decisions, but I'm serious. Have you heard her perform??? The quality of her music speaks for itself. She doesn't need my help. In fact, it was quite the opposite today. I am proud to say she's family, but I'm even more grateful that she was willing to get up so early and help the Paseo out before she went to work.
After the interview, I spent the day organizing my book for the south stage, running a few errands, greeting artists and setting up the music stages for the weekend. I'm so excited about the music that I'll get to hear this weekend that I can't sleep. We finished setting everything up at midnight tonight and I am still wide awake because of anticipation. (Hope I can wake up at 5:30 am to start the day as planned in the morning!) I'm not nervous; I'm just really looking forward to the performances and hopefully all the visitors will enjoy themselves.
One of my favorite parts of the weekend is working with such wonderful people. I love our committee and the harder we work together, the more I love them. And can we talk about how honored I am to be a part of the music that happens at the festival? A couple of days ago I found out that Andy Artis is going to be playing fiddle with M. Tim Blake. When I heard the news, I thought, "This is so cool! I know Andy and Tim, and they are generous supporters of the artistic community in OKC. How cool for them to be collaborating!" I think it's pretty special when talented people join forces for good. :)
Then it dawned on me. In the past year, I have met and spent time with some of the most wonderful people. I love the art and music communities in Norman and OKC. I have barely scratched the surface on knowing who is out there and what they can do, but I believe we have some incredible talent and creative minds right here in Oklahoma. (Won't it be fun to research that?) And I think we have a pretty great representation of that on the north and south stages during the festival.
Casey Friedman of Acoustic Oklahoma planed the north stage. I thought it was only fitting for someone who is working so hard to document Oklahoma musicians, playing acoustically in his studio, to be in charge of that stage. Man, what a line-up he's put together! I'm going to have to sneak away from the south stage every now and then to listen, but that will be hard because I love the people on my stage too! What a great dilemma to have. So grateful for Casey.
I guess the point of this blog is to say that I am just so glad to be a part of something I believe in. Moreover, to be experiencing it with people I care about and admire just makes every second of hard work worthwhile. Yay for Paseo Festival!!!!!