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nowhere-near-here-coverWe have had several opportunities to hear some wonderful music this summer. Most have been at outdoor venues; the music of summer in community parks. One, ah, one was in a popular restaurant/coffeehouse on Chicago’s north side with a dedicated room for open mike nights – and for up-and-coming musicians who are invited to perform on designated nights.

We went to Uncommon Ground a few weeks ago to see a talented, spirited musician who recently cut his first full album. We were treated to an amazing set of songs from the heart and soul of Jason Moody.

Jason has performed for quite a few years now. While I don’t often get the opportunity to see him play, a recent venue and time were perfect for Tom and I to take a jaunt into Chicago to hear him perform. I’m so glad we did. We were rewarded with a generous range of the most heartfelt songs heard in a long, long time.

Nowhere Near Here is a compilation of songs, some lively, some soulful, some sad, all ¬†rich in spirit and talent; music that grew out of Jason’s Lenten commitment in 2012 to ¬†write one song on each of the forty days of Lent.

I wish I could do that. Not write songs, of course, but to commit to writing something for each of forty consecutive days. To consciously honor such a commitment and bring it to fruition. I’m impressed that Jason would endeavor to do this – and that such a rich body of music and verse would emerge. That such a talented musician is my son-in-law is sweet icing on the cake of life.

Well done, Jason. I’m proud of you and of all you have accomplished.

Nowhere Near Here can be found, well, it cannot be found nowhere near here, but it can be found here , where you can click to hear his inspiring music. The image is from Jason’s website.

(This post was to be published while I was away. Unfortunately, that did not happen as planned. Now that I’m back, I wanted it to be the first thing you read from me upon my return.)

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