“Love is all you need”, “Love makes the world go round” and yes, “Love hurts”

It’s quite possible that you’ll hear a love song or two at the 8th annual My Folky Valentine show, like you would at most any concert you attend. HOWEVER, this concert is not just for lovers. We celebrate the couples on stage – the way their love of music brought them together and the way their love of each other infuses itself into their music. But you don’t have to be a couple to appreciate what is always a magical time. Visit the calendar page for all the details.

The rest of the month you’ll find us on the road traveling through southern Indiana and southern Illinois then on to Tennessee. For those of you bound to southern Michigan, there is much going on. Two things of note are The Ark’s Annual Storytelling Festival (Feb 18/19) where the lovely Allison Downey will be performing; and our pal Dave Boutette will be guest-hosting Empty Chair Night at the Trinity House on Feb 19th.

Now, about this LOVE thing…

They* say that Love (not the romantic kind) should be the driving force behind most every meaningful choice we make or thing that we do. Yet, aren’t there times when its important to recognize real fear (and let’s hope common sense comes into play at those times)? Self-preservation demands it. I mean, if someone is chasing you with a butcher knife you might have a legitimate reason to forgo any thoughts of love for your pursuer. I’m just saying, and I’m perfectly willing to admit this, that my reason for NOT doing some things ends up being somehow based in ‘fear’.  Again, I say, that fear-based decisions can be a good thing. What if I don’t join my friends on the dance floor ’cause I’m afraid of making a fool of myself? Who am I hurting by this act of self-preservation?  and even if you decide that I’m hurting myself, how do you consider the ‘love’ angle to that?  Do I decide that I love making a fool of myself? Seems to me that could hurt a lot more than missing out on “all the fun”.  This leads me to a broader pondering about the positive or negative forces behind the things we do. And when the negative force could be a good thing…