Monday, January 24, 2011

Ticket giveaway and deep thinkin'.

Today's blog is just a thank you to everyone out there who reads my rants and raves and comes to my live shows. I'll be giving away a pair of tickets to the Headliner's show with Nellie McKay, and I'll announce the winner by 5:00pm Eastern. It's a short window because, well, it's January, and I apparently have no ability to get out of bed. And if you don't win, you can still buy tickets to the show.

Winter always brings me into a tortuous self-reflective phase. I say "phase" because I know the daffodils will cure it in March. This has been a particularly rough winter, one that has included unfair illnesses and deaths, general malaise, and necessary escapism.

It's been a winter that makes me wonder what I'm doing with my life, and how I can possibly think that my career choice is the slightest bit important. I mean, the great Richard Holbrooke's recent and untimely obituary talked about how his life consisted greatly of ending wars. Talk about a contribution to humanity. And what do I do? Sing a little?

Then I remembered a woman at Tim Krekel's funeral celebration who approached me. She said, "I just wanted to tell you that I heard a song of yours on the radio this afternoon, and it made me smile for the first time in a long while."

I'm not saying I'm going to change your life. Every day I struggle with what insanity (or maybe it's vanity) makes me get on stage and sing. It seems completely ridiculous in the face of massive unemployment, environmental disasters, and war.

But I try not to sing about that. I don't think it's ignoring the bad stuff. It's focusing on the good stuff, and really, I think my goal is to make someone out there smile a little.

Enough philosophizing. Anyone who would like to win tickets to the Nellie McKay w/ Brigid Kaelin show at Headliner's in Louisville (Tues Jan 25), just comment (or if you're reading on the auto-facebook import rather than, you can just "like" it) on this blog by 3:00pm (ET) today. And if you'd like to comment, but don't want to be entered in the ticket drawing for whatever reason, just let me know somehow. Thanks!

Ticket info:
The 18 and over show at Headliners is at 8:00 p.m. (doors at 7:00) Tuesday, January 25. Tickets are $12 at the door and at ear-X-Tacy.


  1. Hey, Brigid, I'm really looking forward to this show. Free tickets would really come in handy. Okay, bye bye.


  2. I can't make the show Brigid, because you refuse to come to Western Massachusetts. But that's not why I'm writing.

    Please know it is music and the arts that enable a great deal of people to make it through hard times. This goes for personal tragedy and loss as well as more large scale tragedy and loss.

    You are the gateway to hope; the evidence of light at the end of the tunnel up there somewhere. Sometimes I need to line up a few particularly sad tunes in a row and have a good cathartic cry. I find that can be a good stepping stone to the next level in processing whatever it is I'm going through.

    Great songwriters and artists unknowingly help people every day. Your worth to society will likely never become a measurable number because individual emotions are tough to count on a global scale.

    Maybe you need a sad song this week. Maybe that'll get you through to the next sunny day!

    Thank you and every artist who gives of themselves by sharing the emotions we can not identify within ourselves so that we may laugh, cry, celebrate, mourn, and heal.