jazz

RJ Bracchitta, Abigail Flowers, Tom Eizonas, James Collins, and Chuck Beard

Thank YOU, thank YOU, thank YOU. Hello Again! Welcome to another wonderful collaboration between East Side Story and The Post. Let me be the first to officially, whole-heartedly welcome you to the recap and recording 116th epic edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 115, I repeat … 115, previous shows East Side Story has put together, we all decided to take a break from our busy schedules all over town in order to sit back and relax and get everyone cultured up just right in the form of a Nashville writer reading from original prose, followed by an amazing local musician performing and talking about their original music, and then a round-up creative conversation with all featured guests of this event to talk about their individual journeys and personal ties to Nashville. Without further ado, fulfilling the entertainment portion of your day, this is the recap and recording of East Side Storytellin’ 116. Let us begin, again.

Our first featured artist of the evening is a published poet who has earned a wide variety of writing credits that include plays, musicals, book adaptations for theater, national advertising copy and articles for the St. Petersburg Times and other publications. He has also written non-violent curriculum for schools. He taught creative writing for 6 years for 2 Art Councils in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida. Since moving to Nashville, he has written and published 5 books for children, as well as 3 books of poetry…such a slacker. On this given night, we were honored to have him share some new, fresh off the kitchen counter, original work with us. I’m talking about the always refreshing and talented James Collins.

James kicked off his set by announcing to the crowd that he is weird, his words are weird, and this reading was going to be weird, all while shuffling through his prepared work that he had continuously edited and prepared up until the last second. Some of the poems had lines through the title, and those lines were put there mere minutes before the show started. That’s how fresh this material was. I told James during the pre-show that sharing creative work that nobody has ever heard or seen before typically gets an astute audience even further on the edge of their seats. This is exactly what happened as James began to deliver his “weird” poetry.

But the thing about it was that none of the poetry or reading was weird at all. James knew exactly where he was going and how he wanted to take us with him, as we walked hand in hand with his poetic walk in the park. And this walk took us places such as trying to find love, natural love, hidden treasures while making journeys through men’s work from the head to the heart, and then several poems about the art of aging. Despite the comedic, self-defecating comments about James aging more than most in the crowd (obviously, like the laws of gravity, we are all aging at the same rate in this room), I think the aging content and ideas behind our various processes of accepting our everyday age increase were spot on and absolutely brilliant. Then, after nearly dropping the mic with a poem about the recent eclipse experience, James ended with a cure and a remedy speech as his official/unofficial encore (as demanded by the crowd). There are so many great lines that I took note of during James’ set, but the overall adventure between birth and death was at the heart of it all … it always is.

Our featured music of the night was provided by someone who was making the third time a featured charm since she had already shared the East Side Storytellin’ stage as a friend to Ally Brown and Kira Hooks. She is a versatile vocalist with a passion for great melodies. Since picking up her first ukulele in 2011, she has been busy combining her smooth vocal tone with the instrument’s simple sound to produce an intimate and emotional musical experience you will soon behold. But on this particular event, she left the trusted ukulele at home and instead brought her trusted and talented friend RJ Bracchitta on the guitar. But back to the featured musician. She is a vocalist and songwriter with specialties in jazz, Latin, and singer-songwriter styles. And she has a heart and voice of gold. I’m talking about the bright star on the meteoric rise named Abigail Flowers.

Abigail, who came straight to the show from a church choir practice, immediately brought us good karma, good stories, and a great lead song called “Bobby.” She told a short story behind the song. It was about a homeless man/friend she met while doing social work for a year in the Houston area. It was a journey of questions about life, heaven, and everything in between. It was clear that her time in Houston had been a profound experience because she went into another original song about other long-distance friendships from that time right after Bobby.

From Houston to family inspired songs, Abigail opened her heart and her vocals by sharing the sweetest 60th anniversary gift any granddaughter has ever made and given to their grandparents. As is the case in most of these recaps, I can’t fully give the story or song justice more than you taking time to check it out yourself in the recording below, but know that there were quite a few eyes in the crowd that needed tissues = happy tears, of course. But then, switching from family to relationships with boys who love Hanson, Abigail and RJ revved up the rhythm and soon began playing harmonies off of each other like a dance. They ended the set with a song called “Enough.” It was a beautiful reminder that there’s nothing out there when you’re searching for the wrong things, but there’s more than enough in the world when you are searching for the good stuff. And she sang that we get more things by giving it all away. I couldn’t have said or sang it better on this given day.

From the music ending, I let RJ jump back into the audience while asking James to return to the stage. Then Abigail and James took me on a quite the conversation about their creative upbringings, adversities, support and lack there of, and honestly articulating what makes them tick each time they go to write new material. They have a few years and different insights between them, but there was a similar passion for finding and sharing the truths they find to be self-evident in their stories. It was an absolute pleasure to share some quality time together while talking with these two humble and great artists.

So here it is, the edited recording of East Side Storytellin’ 116, the show where we featured James Collins and Abigail Flowers (with RJ Bracchitta) at The Post East on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Feel free to enjoy and share it with everyone you know, over and over again.

Before I say goodbye for this round of fun, I’d like to give a big round of thanks for James & Abigail for sharing their stories, talents, and time with us.

You can listen to more of Abigail’s music here – www.abigailflowersmusic.com

You can listen to this show, edited, soon, alongside the previous shows too, on our website,www.eastsidestorytn.com, at our In Our Own WordsTab – see here – www.eastsidestorytn.com/in-our-own-words

I’ll keep the gratitude going for Tom Eizonas, my lovely wife and most talented artist in Emily Harper Beard (efharper), and everyone that came out live to support the show … and to everyone who has helped continue to spread the word and support the show online afterwards.

Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to give one last shout out to Tonya and Chris for making The Post so welcoming and positively life-changing for the East Nashville community at large.

Our next show will be

East Side Storytellin’ 117

Tuesday, October 17th

at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) at 7pm

reading- Carter F. Smith

singing- Ali Sperry

That said, that’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 116 and another fabulous event at The Post with East Side Story at the helm. Thanks for coming out and sharing the good word and giving some love to all of these great Nashville artists and our creative ideas. Please remember to be nice to one another out there.

Much love,

mE

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Jennifer Anderson, Debbie Sutton, Chuck Beard, Shannon Marie Smith, Walker Bass, Joshua Dent, Kirabelle, and Tom Eizonas

Jennifer Anderson, Debbie Sutton, Chuck Beard, Shannon Marie Smith, Walker Bass, Joshua Dent, Kirabelle, and Tom Eizonas

Thank YOU, thank YOU, thank YOU. Good morning, afternoon, or evening (depending on when you read this) and welcome to a monumental event at hand. With Unbound Arts at the helm of a beautifully planned and enjoyed evening, let me be one of the first to recap and share that this was not just the 1st event East Side Story experienced at Riverwood Mansion, this was the 52nd spectacular edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 51 previous shows we had put together before, we all arrived at Riverwood Mansion, described below here and now, to get y’all cultured up just right in the form of a Nashville writer reading from original prose, followed by an amazing local musician performing and talking about their original music, and then a round-up creative conversation with all featured guests of this event to talk about their individual journeys and personal ties to Nashville. Without further ado, fulfilling – to the max – the entertainment portion of the night, this was East Side Storytellin’ 52. Let us begin, again.

Image courtesy of Emily Harper Beard

Image courtesy of Emily Harper Beard

If you haven’t been to Riverwood Mansion before, you really need to make it a point to take a visit. Unbound Arts will be hosting multiple pop-up events every month, on top of the glamorous weddings that you may or may not already be invited to as well. Either way, you need to take the time to get lost in the history and wonder that Riverwood Mansion possesses. All of the featured artists and guests piling in before the show actually started were able to spend time wandering about throughout the upstairs and downstairs rooms and really take quite the trip on a cold Tuesday night in January. People were dressed nice and it was more than fancy for all involved. It was a treat even before the food and entertainment began.

Image courtesy of Elizabeth Stewart

Image courtesy of Elizabeth Stewart

Speaking of treats, before we get to the show, one of the coolest things we did for this epic undertaking like none before was to involve the Riverwood Mansion owner/chef, Debbie Sutton, to create something very special for the night. She had contacted the featured guests before the show and planned a 4 course meal to add to the mix. Before the show began, I introduced Jennifer Anderson of Unbound Arts to talk about the venue and then introduce Debbie. Debbie greeted the packed and seated crowd with pleasantries. Then, without skipping a beat, she described the food and its inspiration in the order that it would be served.

1st – A Southern play on Cici Bean Soup, made with good ol’ White Beans.
2nd – Fried Green Tomato Parmesan with Angel Hair Pasta
3rd – Chicken Marsala, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Slow Cooked Green Beans
4th – Buttermilk Red Velvet Gelato

Images courtesy of Emily Harper Beard. Images are the four courses mentioned above and made by Debbie Sutton of 8 Lavender Lane Catering and Event Planning

I was sitting next to Tom stage right and it sounded like a firework show of OOO’s and AHH’s behind us. I kid you not, the crowd exploded into jubilation like a group of Black Friday shoppers at midnight after Debbie detailed the desert for the night. It was totally amazing all around. You could sense the wonder and inspiration in the air. Basically, everyone who bought a ticket and attended was served some of the best and unique food anywhere in town that evening … fact. So, on top of the show below, now you know what you missed and why you need to get a ticket for the next show before it sells out!

Now, here is the show … East Side Storytellin’ 52.

The first featured guest of the evening is a man of few words but a man that is admired by many because the words he does share always count and matter so much to everyone in his life. He is a local poet who received a certificate from the MTSU’s Writer’s Loft in January of 2013, where people like Jeff Hardin and Kory Wells were his mentors. He has been a guest host at Poetry in the Brew and was recently featured at Poet’s Corner at Scarritt-Bennett this past October. He has been published in the journals Blast Furnace, Number One, Third Wednesday, and Nashville Arts Magazine (to name a few and counting). Beyond his stellar writing and performing track record among his writing peers, this guy has “thru-hiked” the Appalachian Trail twice (both being 6 month endeavors). He also studies and practices Mindfulness, something we all should do better at taking notes and implementing into our own lives. It was an honor and great feeling to introduce this man to kick off 2015 in style and I was not alone in giving a mindful and heart-filled welcome to the stage to the likes of the one and only Walker Bass!

Image courtesy of Chance Chambers

Image courtesy of Chance Chambers

Walker didn’t even bother starting his soup because he was ready to read. He walked through the crowd, filled with a handful of past East Side Storytellin’ alumni and regular supporters, and made his way to the spotlight below the beautiful chandelier. Honestly, the set-up was impeccable and dreamy for any event coordinator of any sort. Back to Walker, he kicked things off with his one and only sonnet. He described how difficult those can be at times, and that was the only moment difficult was mention or expressed throughout his readings because he really knocked the performance out of the park (or mansion, as it was). Walker has an innate presence and skill to exude a calm aura but at the same time cut to the core and revealing the depths of life for all to see how he sees the world. The poem about the bathroom door telling him where to go and what to do was simply awe-inspiring. Like most of the other talented Nashville poets that have taken the East Side Storytellin’ stage, I can’t do them justice with the recap after the fact. You really do need to just listen to the recording below to get the full effect (and come in person if you don’t want it edited at all and to feel it live).

Image courtesy of Emily Harper Beard

Image courtesy of Emily Harper Beard

Before Walker took his seat for his food and applause, he did something I’ve always wanted to have happen at the shows and never has occurred up to this show. He asked the musicians, Kirabelle and Joshua Dent, to come on stage and play their instruments to accompany his words. The style of his poetry and the sheer talent of the instrumentalists for this moment fit like a charm. Actually, it was more than a charm or charming. It was perfect.

Image courtesy of Elizabeth Stewart

Image courtesy of Elizabeth Stewart

We took a short break to let Walker sit down and enjoy the music of the night and for the musicians to get set up. The featured musician of the night was yet another person that I discovered while perusing the pictures and recap from the artists festival this past year with Float Nashville (an organization that all of you should take time to look up and check out this year). Born into an eclectic musical family of Welsh, Scots, English, and Italian ancestry, this female phenome is a blend of Folk, Pop, and Jazz mixed with a fine sense of pitch and humor, intonation and elegance. She can play the guitar, banjolele, ukulele, and the piano (probably not at the same time though, though I wouldn’t be surprised if she did). She was recently featured on the Firebreathmas 2014 album called “All I Got for Christmas” and you can buy more of her tunes online in the form of “Songs for Baby Beans” and “Wildwood Flower.” It has been written that this lady sounds like Norah Jones and Regina Spektor spun on a 40′s record player. Like Riverwood Mansion and the overall setting of this particular event we found ourselves in that night, she brings a fresh energy to an old sound. Joined by her good friend and cellist Joshua Dent, the loving crowd put their hands together and showed big love for Kirabelle!

Image courtesy of Emily Harper Beard

Image courtesy of Emily Harper Beard

Kirabelle, a born professional musician and experienced Vaudeville act, instantly lit up the faces and smiles for all eating their 2nd or 3rd course at that point. She mentioned that she had managed to stuff some of the goodness in her mouth before taking the stage, and that she was honored to be a part of such a magical night. Joshua, one of the best jazz cellist I’ve ever seen play live, kept Kirabelle’s humor and stories in check with his constant chuckles and improv sounds from behind. It was quite the duo to kick off the new year with new sounds.

In a city filled with country, it was nice beyond words to fill the antebellum house with sounds of folk jazz (yes, Kirabelle coined it that way). Her voice was like something Boardwalk Empire would have dreamed about showcasing, and I know my wife was not alone in wanting to capture her sound for our newest very old record player at our house. Everything about Kirabelle’s performance was a nod of respect to musical ancestry and yet making it new in a way that was comfortable and exciting and breathtaking for all in the crowd. She did fit in two covers- Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” and Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell’s “You Are My Sunshine.” Both were so poignant, original, and … seriously, yet again I cannot give these people justice in a recap. You simply must listen to the show below and make plans to see these shows live so you don’t miss a minute of awesome.

Image courtesy of Elizabeth Stewart

Image courtesy of Elizabeth Stewart

Before Kirabelle and Joshua put down their instruments, they left us with a very cool, introspective original that displayed feelings of love and longing but in a way with such skill and sound that I’ve never quite heard anything like it before. This was something special y’all!

After the music stopped, I managed to get Kirabelle and Walker back on stage to share some personal thoughts on creativity and their paths to Nashville and beyond. I’ll just stop talking now, and let the recording do them and the show justice. I could ramble for days here if allowed.

So, as promised, here is the edited version of Unbound Arts presents: East Side Storytellin’ 52 with Kirabelle (featuring Joshua Dent) and Walker Bass. Enjoy it over and over and share it with a friend or two:

 https://soundcloud.com/eastsidestorytn/sets/east-side-storytellin-52

Before I say goodbye for this round of fun, I’d like to give a big round of thanks for Walker and Kirabelle for sharing their stories, talents, and time with us.

You can read more about Walker Basshttps://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007952945873&fref=ts

You can listen to more from Kirabellehttp://kirabellefrabotta.com

You can listen to this show, edited, soon, alongside the previous shows too, on our website, www.eastsidestorytn.com, at our In Our Own Words Tab – see here –http://eastsidestorytn.com/in-our-own-words/

I’d also like to show much love to Clay Brunton for the beautiful artwork for the prints made by Kevin Anthuis at 5 Points Digital Imaging (http://5pdi.com) to celebrate Unbound Arts presents: East Side Storytellin’ 52.

art by Clay Brunton, printed by Kevin Anthuis of 5 Points Digital Imaging

Unbound Arts presents: East Side Storytellin’ 52 at Riverwood Mansion- art by Clay Brunton, printed by Kevin Anthuis of 5 Points Digital Imaging

I’ll keep the gratitude going for Tom Eizonas, Otis James for my wicked cool hat, my lovely wife and most talented artist in Emily Harper Beard (efharper), and everyone that came out live to support the show … and to everyone who has helped continue to spread the word and support the show online afterwards.

Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to give one last shout out to the crew at Riverwood Mansion: the owner and chef- Debbie Sutton, the PR master of Shannon Marie Smith, and the event guru Jennifer Anderson for allowing us to celebrate East Side Storytellin’ in such a fun place and way.

The NEXT East Side Storytellin’ event presented by Unbound Arts will be …

East Side Storytellin’ 53

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Riverwood Mansion (1833 Welcome Lane)

7pm

author- Roschelle Ridenhour (www.roschelleridenhour.com)

musician- Justin Collins (www.justinandthecosmics.com)

For more information: Email chuck@eastsidestorytn.com or unboundartsnashville@gmail.com to see about purchasing tickets.

OR

Purchase your tickets and share with friends here- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unbound-arts-presents-east-side-storytellin-tickets-15155592786

Read more information about the location and all involved in this limited run of shows here-

www.eastsidestorytn.com

www.facebook.com/unboundarts

www.riverwoodmansion.com

That’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 52 and the official beginning of a wonderfully fun run of events here at Riverwood Mansion. Thanks for coming out and sharing the good word and giving some love to all of these great Nashville artists and our creative ideas. Please remember to be nice to one another out there. Thanks and good day your way.

Much love,

mE

 

See y'all at the next show! Image courtesy of Elizabeth Stewart

See y’all at the next show!
Image courtesy of Elizabeth Stewart

From my family to yours ... Image courtesy of Elizabeth Stewart

From my family to yours …
Image courtesy of Elizabeth Stewart

 

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Tom Eizonas, Ciona Rouse, Amita Fukui, Chuck Beard

Tom Eizonas, Ciona Rouse, Amita Fukui, Chuck Beard

Hello everyone, and welcome to another great round of East Side Storytellin’. Similar to the 43 previous shows we’ve put together from East Side Story, we’ve come together here to get you cultured up just right in the form of a local Nashville writer reading from original prose, followed by an amazing local musician performing and talking about their original music, and then a round-up creative conversation with all featured guests of this event to talk about their individual journeys and personal ties to Nashville. Unlike the 43 previous shows we’ve put together, all of them being amazing and straight from the heart. this particular show, with the two featured artists you are about to witness below, I’ll go ahead say that it was one of the most soulful show. I knew it, even before it started. For everyone that was there, get excited to experience the show again. For those that didn’t make it, don’t miss out on the shows to come after you read the below and listen to the wonderment that happened on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014. This was one of the greats. This was East Side Storytellin’ 44. Let us begin again.
The first featured guest of East Side Storytellin’ 44 is an artist’s artist. The life of a writer can often feel like a very individualistic and selfish act and dream to chase. The writer spends a ton of solitary time, creating stories and curating words together in a way that they believe will somehow move and change the world perspective of the future reader, not knowing if there will be a reader at the end other than the writer themselves. That said, this writer not only does a tremendous job with her own work, she also helps put together events and crowds to ensure that other local writers will have an appreciative audience and people to whom they can share their art. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, a graduate from Columbia College in South Carolina with a BA in English, she spends a lot of her time as an excellent freelance writer and editor. She is the unforgettable host of the bi-monthly poetry experience called Writings on the Wall and the monthly poetry series called Lyrical Brew: An Evening of Local Poetry- where she invites new and well-known poets to showcase their work. Another inspirational concept she has created that continues to inspire me and others in the area and beyond is her “do the crazy thing” prints and mission that we talked about later in the show. But I restrained myself from rambling for hours about how special this lady is, and I was truly honored to be the host that introduced the ultimate literary host like none in the city or beyond … I’m talking about having the privilege of introducing the one and only Ciona Rouse!

Ciona had mentioned before the show that she was more than a little bit nervous because she hasn’t spent much time before trading in her hosting gigs to sharing her own work in public. I reassured her that she was going to be great and that a ton of loving friends and fans were coming to give her just the morale support that she needed to enjoy the night to the fullest. Lucky for me, both things came true: the crowd showed up in tidal waves of seats and love, and Ciona was breathtaking.

She started with a poem about the first time she kissed someone, a unique twist on kissing cousins. She had the crowd giggling and in the palm of her hands from the first words. Everyone felt at ease being in said palm, and Ciona knew exactly where to take us with her words and show instincts. She made a touching call of her own dream of a day when we could start painting our hearts every where we go so others can see them and be reminded of goodness in times of great despair or chaos (such as seen currently in Ferguson). Then, at one point, describing another fateful family event, Ciona dove into the depths of her memory and emotions to reveal a story about the birth and death of her favorite human being in the world, her favorite niece. I was touched beyond words, only speaking for my own feelings, but I do know that one or more people had to get up and get some tissues to wipe away the tears. I can’t say more about the poetry and Ciona’s excellence beyond just sharing the recording below, but I will say that it felt like the formula for the famous Jimmy V speech at the first ESPY’s show. If you’ve never heard the speech, do yourself a favor and click this link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuoVM9nm42E. Basically, Jim Valvano said, “If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day.” On those lines, Ciona made me and everyone in the crowd laugh, think, and cry in our own ways. I’m not saying that every writer should follow or attempt to follow Ciona’s formula (mainly because no two writers are the same), but I do know that Ciona’s performance was remarkable and one heck of a start to the show I’m talking about from East Side Storytellin’ 44. When Ciona walked off the stage, the applause was louder than me telling people over the microphone to keep the applause going. I didn’t even need to say anything. Yeah; it was that good.

To follow the spoken words of Ciona, I had another Ace of Hearts up my scheduling sleeve. The second featured guest of the evening kicked off this month of September’s homage to talented friends of talented friends of my favorite music duo of Carolina Story. I first met this young man at a house concert that headlined East Side Storytellin’ alumnus Carolina Story. Ben Roberts introduced this guy as one of his best friends and muses in his musical journey to date. Any friend of Ben and Emily is someone with whom we should all should hope to to be friends. With just a guitar and voice, this guy filled up the entire house with good vibes and meaningful messages that stuck with me and everyone else for days after. Originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, then traveling to the University of North Texas to study philosophy, this guy formed a band with friends in Denver, Colorado called Whiskey King Coalition that blended flashes of funk, jazz, R & B, and Americana … a few of my favorite things. After touring the west coast, the south, and Nashville for several runs, he decided to make Nashville his next destination with only his family in tow. Another fun name and artist to the core, I was more than amped up to welcome the guitar, voice, heart, and example of awesome in the flesh, sir Amita Fukui.

Amita wasted no time in giving the crowd his heart-felt love and deep appreciation for taking time to listen to him perform in public for the first time in over two years. The stars had aligned perfectly, and Ciona had opened our ears, minds, and hearts perfectly to let Amita take us further than anyone expected when they woke up Tuesday, September 2nd, and after the storms rolled through in the afternoon. Amita jumped right into his first song and people were tapping their feet and moving in their seats. I love Amita’s music because it reminds me of the modern musical talents of Ben Harper with the gritty, gut-wrenching lyrics of personal and cultural awareness of Richie Havens (If you haven’t listened to a lot of either one, you should as soon as you listen to the recording of the show below).

Amita played two songs and then told the story about his family and the third song with one of the most catchy and inspirational lines I’ve heard in some time that had me singing by the end called Road Gospel, part 1. You’ll hear it below, and the songs before and after, but try not to be inspired more energetic about life all around than you were before reading this … just try!

As always, before you knew it, it was time for the music to end for the evening. I speak for everyone there when I say that we could and would have listened all night long to Amita and Ciona had they decided to continue. I am always amazed at how the combinations of these East Side Storytellin’ artists come together perfectly during their performances and reveal more coincidences than I ever expect when booking them. Honestly, there is a magic way beyond me or the store to get these amazing artists together. For this show, I made a few of these obvious points known before starting the creative conversation. Specifically, I made these two points:

1- When asked about a bio from both of these artists that don’t really have too much of a website presence, I found it very interesting that instead of sounding like most would by saying WHAT they do or have done, these two wrote beautiful, thought-provoking prose about who they are. One comment that Amita wrote perfectly described how I thought about both Amita and Ciona for the evening. He wrote, “I take my sound from the soulful, the blues men, the oppressed, the rock gods, the literary giants, the advantageous seekers of truth, and those that burn with the illuminating stance of defiance.”

2- Pulling from lines that I heard both say and sing during their performances that really struck me to my core, I told the crowd how wonderful it would be if we all listened to Amita and Ciona’s words, by painting our hearts everywhere we go and signing those paintings, not by our names, but with the signature quote of “move together is the only way to move!”

 

I really have no more words of just how beautiful and soulful this show was on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 with Ciona Rouse and Amita Fukui. If you weren’t there, I feel sorry for you. Again, don’t miss on the next shows to come. But, if I can offer any consolation to those who missed or an extra reminder of a gift for those who did come that night, here is the edited recording of East Side Storytellin’ 44 to share with every single friend you have, on and off Facebook. Enjoy, over and over again.

https://soundcloud.com/eastsidestorytn/sets/east-side-storytellin-44-ciona

 

art by Clay Brunton, printed by Kevin Anthuis at 5 Points Digital Imaging

art by Clay Brunton, printed by Kevin Anthuis at 5 Points Digital Imaging

Before I say goodbye for this round of fun, I’d like to give a big round of thanks for Ciona Rouse and Amita Fukui for sharing their stories, talents, and time with us.

You can read more of Ciona Rouse’s work – http://www.thecrazything.com/pages/about-us

I’ll keep the gratitude going for Tom Eizonas, for the recording and sound of the night, Clay Brunton for the amazing art print, for Kevin Anthuis at 5 Points Digital Imaging (http://5pdi.com) for printing those art prints,and to my lovely wife and everyone that came out live to support the show … and to everyone who has helped continue to spread the word and support the show online afterwards.  Side note, much love for the nice lid I get to sport and look professional from my friend Otis James!

You can listen to this show, edited, soon, alongside the previous shows too, on our website, www.eastsidestorytn.com, at our In Our Own Words Tab – see here – http://eastsidestorytn.com/in-our-own-words/

The hardest working man at East Side Storytellin’

But we are not finished.

The NEXT East Side Storytellin’ event will be …
Date- Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Time- 7 pm sharp (Central)
Location- Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street)- http://maddonnas.com

With poet Leslie LaChance and music by Taylor Corum. It will be another transcendent, soulful night not to miss.

That’s all for the East Side Storytellin’ 44 show.  Thanks for coming out and sharing the good word.  Remember to be nice to one another out there.  Thanks and good day your way.

Much love.

chUck

One more for the road!

One more for the road!

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