Let me start out by saying today was a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. The mass shooting in Vegas really hurt me. I was devastated and scared and angry and a blubbering mess for most of the morning. My heart was hurting and I wanted to pull the covers over my head and pretend the world didn’t exist.
I pushed myself through it. I let myself cry when I needed to cry and then moved on with trying to enjoy my time here. There is a park right across from where I am staying so I pulled myself together and did some yoga under a large tree. It was relaxing and peaceful and gave me hope.
After yoga, I prepared for tonight’s show and then headed to Barleycorn’s. I had no idea what to expect. My host told me that this place is a small dive bar but it was way bigger than what she described. I met some really awesome people tonight. They were kind and interesting and I was pleasantly surprised at how diverse the crowd was. They played some of my personal favorite songs and the backyard patio was perfectly serene. It was just enough dive to have character but enough class to feel safe.
Everyone who performed tonight was so talented. When it was my turn to go up, I sang my heart out. I just felt so comfortable and was in such a good place mentally that I wasn’t as nervous as I normally am. They even let me sing an extra song! The people in Wichita are so laid-back and welcoming. I can totally see why bands stop to play here.