This past weekend I had the opportunity to experience something pretty magical. This experience caused me to have a greater appreciation for the global blogger community. In probably the last probably six months I stumbled upon a music blog written by AJ Lark called Music is My First Language. She writes passionately about artists and their music. Once she learned that I was a fellow music fan, she introduced me to a somewhat secret society here in Seattle: the “Seattle Living Room Shows” which are hosted by the vivacious Watt sisters.
I had no clue what to expect but I invited Katrina along for the adventure. Friday evening started out with friends at Millstead then eventually I noticed that we better get moving if we wanted to grab a bite to eat at Gorditos. Katrina had never tried their hot salsa or incredibly large burritos… with only 19 minutes to spare we somehow managed to cram the food in.. then we were off to the “secret location”. We arrived, were greeted at the door, and encouraged to follow the signs up the stairs. Reaching the top we braced ourselves, opened the door and proceeded to have our breath taken away. We looked at each other in shock.
Instead of walking into an apartment we had stepped onto a patio with the starry night sky as a canopy. I thought to myself this is a very promising beginning. We were making our way to the door of this little shingled house (reminded me of a garden house) but before we knew it we were swept into bear hugs by the Watt sisters. They manage to make everyone feel like family. We were encouraged to make our way into the little house past the beautiful wood bar and cram into the teeny living room where atleast 40 people had already taken their seats.
During the opener I was mesmerized by the twinkly lights and the individuals on the front row who were passing red wine – sipping directly from the bottle. Who needs glasses anyways? Then, Levi Weaver took the stage. I had been listening to his song “Spirit First” for awhile and knew that he was going to be good. When Levi made his way to his spot in the living room, I realized that this was an artist with a level of authenticity which is rarely seen on stages these days. His personal stories flowed seamlessly with the songs he shared, instead of being fillers, they allowed for greater insight into the creative process. His songs “good medicine” and “we’re tornadoes when we dance” are even more fascinating to listen to now that I know the stories which led to their being written.
Humbly, Levi took time to remind those in the audience of a lesson he had learned fairly recently. That “fame” is not the same as “success” and the importance of not losing sight of this. Through-out his set he shared deeply but then laughed fully when those sitting on the floor called attention to his smurf socks. Levi Weaver is definitely a talented musician who I hope will make his way back to Seattle very soon, because I plan to invite you all to his next show (He is currently on tour so see if he will be making his way to your town).
Thank you Watt sisters for hosting such an incredible and inspiring evening! I am so thankful for the bridge you have built between artists and the local community. This gift of community is truly invaluable.