Tracy Chapman, at The Makeout Room, Canon 300D

Some days start out being ordinary. You work hard, you’re too tired to cook, you go out for Thai food, and on the walk home you imagine collapsing full-bellied onto the sofa to watch The Swan or some other horrible nonsense on the tv. It is an ordinary night.

Suddenly your phone rings and your friends give you the tip off. Tracy Chapman will be playing a secret concert DOWN THE STREET FROM YOUR HOUSE at a neighborhood bar. They just bought you the last two tickets and you are the luckiest person on Earth.


She sounds better than you ever remember her. You are 10 feet away and can see her shy grin and strong arms. You are at a campfire and she is singing just for you. She opens with a Cure song and then plays your favorite Prince tune. She is playing everything from Gillian Welch to Bob Seger. They all sound even better than the originals and you decide that no one should be allowed to sing their own songs anymore. Tracy Chapman should sing every last one of em. She is clearly the most qualified.

She belts out Come As You Are by Nirvana and everyone is shrieking with delight and singing along. It is one of those rare times that you feel the preciousness of the moment, the luck, the utter joy; it is like a thousand perfect moments strung together.

Life can surprise us sometimes. Ordinary days can become extraordinary. It may not happen every day but the possibility is always there. Last night reminded me to listen for it…

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Hi, I’m Andrea

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  1. crissy

    aw yeah!!! wooo! super cool!!! hmmm… secret concerts! there should be more secret concerts. there’s a man who sometimes sings opera for hours in the park across the street… he sounds pretty professional, and he’s out there at like 10pm. it’s gorgeous. maybe someday soon i’ll go out with a kazoo and serenade people in my own way!!! ^_^ thanks for sharing your incredibly fortuitous eve!!!

  2. Jen

    How awesome for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What fun and what a surprise. I love that she sang a Prince song (my absolute love of my life – and am listening to him as I was reading your journal entry). As for me – it was a night with the Swan. Oh well – Sounds like you had a blast. At $10 too – holy cow that’s too cool and too much fun.

  3. lena

    you get what you give andrea! there’s no luck for you, you work for it and it comes to you.

  4. bluepoppy

    Ohhh goddess. Goddess gathering. Goddess energy. Ohhh– the magical life giving force of music. THANK YOU for sharing– I could actually catch a waft of it all the way so far away here.

  5. jo anne


  6. stef

    I so LOVE that this happened to you! I am a person who loves going to small venues and hear live music – I am so happy for you, because I know how awesome it must of been!! TOOO COOL!
    I just love her and love that she sang all these covers!
    No luck though – you get what you give!!
    Rock on 🙂

  7. JC

    That is wonderful. I love Tracy and I am jealous, but happy for you. She is super cool.

  8. eva

    That is so cool! You really deserve it, A. Something similar happened to me today. Waiting for something for quite long, given up telling myself “it wasn?t meant to be now” and click, I got it and it is wonderful! 🙂

  9. vintage me

    You lucky, lucky girl!!!

  10. jeanette

    haha, this reminds me of when my dad tells me about how when he was still living in cambridge, massachusetts how he would see tracy chapman playing in the subways before she became popular and he told me all the random covers she used to do.

  11. Julia

    Talk about serendipity???…you must have just been at the right place at the right time, or all the planets were aligned or something…How cool that you got to see such a wonderful musical event. What a treat!! I’m so happy you went and had a great time. 🙂

  12. The Other Brian

    What an extraordinary and unexpected gift! Tracy is such a beautiful soul and an amazing artist.

  13. t

    wow, tracy is the bomb! friends and i went to see 10,000 maniacs in pittsburgh in 1988, and no one knew who this “tracy champman” was who’s name was under theirs on the ticket. little did we know…..
    she is an all-time fave of mine. just saw gillian welch last thursday, and i can just imagine how great the cover was.

  14. erika

    How great and unexpected! 🙂

  15. Deanna

    I truly believe in Karma, there is some strange cosmic force that directs it, no matter what direction we choose to travel in.
    I don’t know you, just of your incredible superhero designs and your inspirational journal, but from these I suspect the karma gods will continue to be very good to you.
    Thank you for your kind words in response to my Fierce comment. My energy is directed in a much more positive direction.
    Kudos to you, thanks,

  16. Bianca

    Ohh – that sounds wonderful! Tracy is so talented!
    Lucky you!!!! Congrats!

  17. Brit

    Can you possibly help me? I would like to find the name of the song Traci did for the movie “serendipity” I hear it all the time.. but cannot find the name!! i’m going nuts..
    Thank you so much.

  18. bookstore cowgirl

    I was researching phrases from Brian Andreas, and google gave me this site,your blog. The photography is evocative and your words are like from an old friend. What a nice surprise for me.
    Travel Well, my new favorite Heroine.

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