I wanted to write and let you know how much your performance last year meant to me. I am a 25 year old gay rights activist and teacher, and I brought my very liberal mother and very conservative grandmother to your holiday concert last year. My grandmother has some very old-fashioned views, and sometimes it can be hard for me to talk to her about my gay friends or career choices without feeling like I’m in over my head. My grandmother, like me, is also a singer. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the concert but we were both absolutely delighted. First, your music was just phenomenal. We both clapped and hooted and hollered and sand the whole way home, and shortly thereafter my grandmother bought at least 4 of your CDs.

Thank you for speaking to my grandmother in her language. What you do is so important in so many ways, and I am tremendously appreciative of the brave and beautiful gift you give your audience. You provided my grandmother and me with a starting platform to talk about equal rights activism. Thank you so much.

November, 2009