Why I Do What I Do: Path Of Tea Performance
A Wonderful Venue
First Time Pairing Teas
A Unique Experience That Was Loved By All The Guest.
This was my first time getting a chance to perform at the Path of Tea in Houston. It was an absolute blast. Everyone who came was very attentive throughout the performance and laughed along with me during the crazy stories of me running around China not knowing how to pronounce words properly. They also had mentioned how much they appreciated the tea selection and the pairings with the music. Overall, I think it was a successful attempt to pair teas and music together! I am so thankful for Chris McKann’s support and help in this endeavor. At the concert I played works from almost 1000 years ago to music from almost yesterday.
An Emotional Story
The young woman pictured below talking with me after the show had a very impactful story that I wanted to share here. This sort of story is what makes me want to never stop going. It is at the core of what music is for me and for many others.
“When I was a little girl growing up in Vietnam, I used to spend a lot of time at my Grandparent’ house. Almost every night when my Grandmother was cooking, my Grandfather would sit in his chair and play his flute (one similar to the Shakuhachi). Tonight’s concert brought me back there.” As she said with tears building up in her eyes. “I am so glad I came tonight and I am just so happy.”
She followed up by giving me a huge bear hug. This is music for me. It has a power that transcends borders. I am so thankful that she shared this story with me.
There are so many people I have to thank for tonight’s event but I want to keep it short and sweet. Thank You Chris McKann for opening up your shop and your heart to have this wonderful event. I hope everyone has a chance to meet you and experience your love. Thank you, Harry Bartholomew for your expert recording skills and you towering emotion support. You two are amazing friends.
Without you, the concert can’t happen!