A Music Maker Newcomer Comes to the Homecoming Pt. 2

inThe Homecomingon December 11, 2014

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The next day was the big event, which included even more musical and life revelation for me than night before. Being able to mix and mingle with some of the most talented guys and gals who bring us the real, true Southern American Blues and to hear their music and first hand stories of how MMRF has helped them personally was absolutely life changing. Having my “We Are the Music Makers!” book signed by the artists who played that day was just the icing on the cake. They were so elated just to be asked to sign, and that’s when the best conversations were had. It was clear through every note played and every smile and story shared by every artist that weekend – Alabama Slim, Eddie Tigner, Pink & Big Ron, Robert Lee Coleman, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Little Freddie King, Cool John Ferguson, John Dee Holeman, and the many more – that music is their life, and that their life is given to them through the support of MMRF. It really made me think about the things that are truly important in life. 

The whole event was a true display of the artists, who they are, and what they can bring to the world through the support of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, from the staff and the artists to the supporters in the crowd. From the moment the evening was over, both Friday and Saturday, I was so excited and intrigued that I started looking up the artists, their stories and music, and any possible way I could help such an amazing Foundation keep up the support for the blues artists. I even shared all my pictures with my family and friends and told them to get involved, and I’ve been listening to the incredible 20th Anniversary CD, We Are the Music Makers! we bought ever since we’ve been back.

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The Music Maker Relief Foundation and the 20th Anniversary Homecoming Event, the staff, the artists, and the music—is one of the few things, if not the only thing, in my life that has moved me to obsession, maybe even infatuation, in such a short amount of time. And, I couldn’t be happier about it. I suggest everyone out there experience the same thing. Check out the upcoming We Are the Music Makers! exhibits, read about the artists and the Foundation, and get involved! You won’t regret it; I promise!

– Katherine Aurea Leon

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