Thursday night Songwriter’s Series at The Pit Stop
Since the Spring, I’ve worked with more than 20 artists to coordinate just about 10 shows at The Pit Stop. Last Thursday, 10 people stopped by to see a seasoned local and his Boston-based friend who made the trek to open the show. Three Thursdays ago, there were maybe 15 in attendance. Last night, 35 folks came out to support the two island artists who performed.
I can dutifully keep a record of the shows and tally the number of people who come through the door each night, but what isn’t easily measured is the amount of experience I’ve gained. Not to mention the seemingly limitless creative energy and raw talent that I’ve witnessed every week. I’m very thankful to be a part of the small team that keeps The Pit Stop in existence. And so happy to have facilitated the transfer of music from artist to audience.
To start us off last night, Lydia Fischer took the mic and expressed emotions that we’ve all felt in ways that most of us just don’t know how to express. Lydia’s one-of-a-kind voice, charming stage presence, and percussive guitar-playing are so engaging, but what makes Lydia really superb is her songwriting.
Erich Luening followed suit with beautifully written words about life and hope and family. While some of the audience filtered out, some folks were just arriving during the 10 minute break before Erich began his set. His sister Sabrina joined him for several tunes (both old and brand new), and the late night crowd was treated to two of the most soulful and real voices on the island.
One of my favorite moments of the night was Lydia’s rendition of a song she wrote with her friend Julie Perry, who was in the audience. It was an engaging, catchy, immaculately-written tune about lovers parting ways. After the frenzy of applause that followed, Lydia laughed as she said to Julie – “Did we even know what we were talking about? We were in high school!”
This year, Lydia graduated from Berklee School Of Music in Boston. I cannot wait to hear more.