I woke up this morning thinking about an old friend of mine who I haven’t connected with in quite awhile. It happens. We get busy in our day-to-day lives and don’t always have time to reach out. Sometimes we feel too tired to pick up the phone, even if it’s what we really need to revive us. I’ve had friends call in a state of distress, and by the end of the conversation we’re both laughing and feeling better. This is the beauty of friendship.
I’ve moved a lot in my adult life, and I’d like to believe I’ve got friends far and wide who think of me occasionally and smile. I can feel their good vibes across the miles and I hope they feel the same from me, even if we don’t get to talk all that often.
So here’s a song for the love of old friends!
“Do you remember when we first spoke
Was I a prophet or a joke
All I remember is your smile
The way that it warmed me all the while
But that was long ago
How was I to know
I would whisper in your ear today”
(verse from Do You Remember)
Song by Eve Fleishman. Image by Lori Putnam (Nashville TN). Read more about Do You Remember in the exhibition book. You can also bid on the painting, with proceeds to benefit PeaceTones.
I’ve been waiting impatiently to talk about this tune. It’s such a happy love song and fits in perfectly with the emergence of Spring! And now I have such a wonderful story to tell about two love birds who came to my show last month – Jon and Jenny.
A week before my show at Triad Stage in Greensboro, I got an email from Jon with a special request: could he propose to his girlfriend at my show? Though we had never met, I immediately started concocting a plan.
On the night of the show, I asked Jon and Jenny to come up onstage (as if I had randomly selected them from the audience) to lead a sing-along on I Know. Jenny had no idea what was coming – she was a great sport and had a lovely singing voice. I then asked Jon if he wanted to dedicate this love song to anyone. He got down on one knee and proposed. The crowd gasped! Jenny said yes and burst into tears! They hugged, we cheered, then we sang this song in their honor.
Now if only I could figure out how to get them to go on tour with me and propose at every show….
“I Know, I know now what it means to be loved by you
I Know, I know now what it means to be loved so true
And I know when the birds sing in the sky up above
That they’re singing for me and my love”
(verse from I Know)
Song by Eve Fleishman. Image by Elizabeth Foster (Nashville, TN). Read more about I Know in the exhibition book. You can also bid on the painting, with proceeds to benefit PeaceTones.
Here’s a video of the proposal and song at my show:
Working from home is hard. I don’t see anyone, I have to resist distractions, and I feel super-accountable about how I use my time. In the end, I know I probably get more work done than in an office environment (where co-worker distractions abound). Yet still I feel guilty.
Beating myself up on a daily basis is probably my biggest sin. It’s ok to self-motivate, but it’s also ok to relax sometimes – if only I knew how. Yep, I’m one of THOSE types. And my yoga students think I’m so chill!
This song is about guilt, regret. It reminds me of those moments when the day is slipping by too fast. Glad there are industrious days of triumph (and yes, accepted indulgence) to balance things out!
“Oh, what have I done?
It’s barely half past one
Forgive me for my sins today
When I rose from bed
I had it in my head
That it would all go down this way”
(verse from What Have I Done)
Song by Eve Fleishman. Image by Bob Richey (Warminster, PA). Read more about What Have I Done in the exhibition book. You can also bid on the painting, with proceeds to benefit PeaceTones.
In the spotlight this week is Peace or Drama, the title song from my album.
This month has been full of drama – a fabulous show in NC which included a marriage proposal during my concert (more on that later); a small house renovation which has left things in disarray for far too long now; a brief stint as a cat smuggler in two hotels to escape toxic floor fumes (shhh, don’t tell).
I am ready for things to slow down a bit. I crave a clearing in the rubble where I might do some yoga and take a deep breath or two. This song is about finding some refuge from the super-charged ego, at least for a little while. Hey, let’s find some peace! Who’s with me?
“Gimme a chance, a chance to sort through the day
I can’t stand, I can’t stand to feel this way
Gimme a chance, a chance to sort through the day
I can’t stand, I can’t stand to feel this way ohh
Won’t you go away”
(chorus from Peace or Drama)
Song by Eve Fleishman. Image by Joanne Tarlin. Read more about Peace or Drama in the exhibition book. You can also bid on the painting, with proceeds to benefit PeaceTones.
I wrote this with my friend Joe after hearing Kathy Mattea talk to a group of music school students. I have heard Kathy speak many times, and her words of wisdom always inspire self-discovery and acceptance of change.
“The water goes where it flows most easily
And I can see deep inside of me a well of energy
Like an autumn rainfall through the whispering trees
I float along the shifting breeze”
(verse from Not a Day Goes By)
Song by Eve Fleishman/Joseph S. Smith. Image by Libby Smart. Read more about Not a Day Goes By in the exhibition book. You can also bid on the painting, with proceeds to benefit PeaceTones.