In the hullabaloo that has been the week we’ve just known, too many of us have been piled under so much stuff that a periscope would have been handy to see what was at the surface.
But in between all the madness of traffic and trying to take care of too many details in too many places, modern day magic and marshmallow miracles have happened one right after another.
As a part of the Do Good Project, the iShare Concert is happening tonight at 6 p.m. at the Blue Moon at 215 East Convent Street. Admission to the event is a new or gently used iPod, three CDs or $10. We’re donating all proceeds to The Extra Mile, who will give the iPods to area youth who don’t have a whole lot to look forward to under the tree this year. My prayer is that those kids who receive the gift of music are blessed in some special way.
The outpouring of support for this special event has been overwhelming.
Local musician Kevin Sekhani jumped on board from the word go. He recruited other musicians—including The Mercy Brothers— who instantly got what we were trying to do. The Specklers, a folk/rock group, and Jonathan Herron will also perform.
But the person who inspired this whole event is Cole Pham—or Cole Train Pham, as he refers to himself regarding all things music. I’ve known Cole since shortly after we moved to Lafayette. He was a little boy back then. Now, at 15, not only is he a super cool/smart sophomore at Lafayette High, but he’s also got a level head on his shoulders. Plus, he’s courageous. He knows how to laugh at himself.
I learned of Cole’s rap ambitions earlier this year when he started tutoring our 14-year-old daughter in math. When I listened to his music, I was—for lack of a better word—enchanted.
Sounds strange, I know, but there was something about his super-clever lyrics that made me smile (and even want to rap too, on occasion). Frankly, with Cole’s math-wizard skills, he was one of the last 15-year-old kids on the planet I expected to be aiming toward a rap career. Maybe that’s part of the appeal of his music—and this whole thing, in general—someone wanting to and having the guts to do something that isn’t logical. He’s going for his dream by coming at rap from an atypical perspective. In doing so, he creates a strange and wonderful intersection of lyrics and musical accompaniments with a hip-hop sound.
But enough about him. You get it. It’s the stuff of dreams.
To make a dream happen requires a lot of hard work and some help along the way. That help-along-the-way part of this project has been amazing and uplifting. So many people have just picked up and done what they could do to help.
As far as I know, the people who offered to help have and continue to do the stuff they’re good at doing. It started with Kevin Sekhani who got the potential coolness of this event immediately. Then Mark Falgout at the Blue Moon, and his wife Nicole LeBlanc joined the cause. Tim Landry and Lindsay Dreher designed the poster. Jeanette Toups Chavin printed the posters. Debra Taghehchian is cooking gumbo…and the list goes on and on.
So many others have helped spread the word all over. Support, both moral and financial, has come from near and far—from strangers at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center downtown to friends in the land of the didgeridoo.
As this season of giving and joy continues, I encourage each of you to be a part of Doing Good. You’re invited to come to the concert at Blue Moon this evening at 6 p.m. Just bring a working iPod or make a $10 minimum donation at the door. Again, all proceeds go to The Extra Mile. You’re welcome to call them at 237-2060 if you’d like to donate directly or for more information.
Then again, maybe you’d like to do your own good. Take $50 (or more or less) and come up with some good to do—or give each member of your family or a group of friends some cash to Do Good on their own. Compare notes and see what happens.
Watch the circle of love grow.
Claim your place in it.
Jan Risher’s column appears on Sundays. She’d love to hear all about your efforts toward Doing Good. Really. She would. Email her at Jan@janrisher.com.