It’s funny how life works out sometimes.
I called over 50 places to find somewhere for Dane to play music Wednesday night… Cafes… Flower shops… Hair Salons… Senior living centers… Boys and girls clubs….
But the one place that said they’d like to have us come and play was a Hat Shop.
When I talked to the man at the hat shop I immediately felt welcomed, invited, and honored. I’m not sure if it was the mood of his voice or his offer to give us whiskey that had the effect on me.
When we arrived at the hat shop, the first thing I noticed was a little girl in pink walking around slowly and gracefully, her mother following behind her.
I overheard her mother say “It’s so funny you wanted to go to a hat shop, and here we are, I had no idea there was a hat shop in this part of Austin.”
It struck me that the mother was following her daughter. The little girl who looked 11, had a kind of enchanting effect on the whole room. She spoke slowly and gracefully when she talked.
“I don’t know how much longer we’re going to stay here, I overheard her mom say.”
“Well, Time is an illusion” The girl said with a smile. I opened my eyes wide, what an unusual thing for a little girl to say.
I went out for a walk while Dane set up his guitar and began playing in the shop.
When I came back around 45 minutes later, the girl and her Daughter were still there.
“Hey Daniel, I just got my first tip!” Dane said. “Come record this, I’m gonna sing a personal song for Willow”
I later learned that Willow and her mother had come up to Dane and asked if the bucket sitting behind him was his tip jar. It was actually just a random bucket the hat shop used for decor, but Dane awkwardly stammered, yes, yes it is!
And the girl placed $3 into his bucket. He was more excited to get that tip then I’ve seen him in a long time. And I’ve seen him make hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales.
It was about being acknowledged for his music, for his heart, and by this sweet innocent girl and her mother who probably didn’t have that much to give, but had a whole lot of heart.
“Here WIllow, I’m going to sing you a song to teach you the secrets of life.” Dane said
The lyrics go
“Roots crawled deeper in me
Wrapped around my heart till I couldn’t breathe
Spoke to me, get out now, Leave!
How do I act when each time I go weak?
When words from Heaven rang out without sound
Fear comes when you think about yourself
Don’t do it for you, do it for everybody else.”
I watched as the girl stood motionless throughout the whole song.
“So where does fear come from?” Dane asked.
“Thinking about yourself, not everybody else.” Willow said, and after pausing for a moment her eyes brightened she said “I learned the secrets of life in a hat shop.”
Who knows what the secrets of life are…
But something about a little girl giving a Dane, a successfully retired Entrepreneur, three dollars.
And a Dane singing a little girl a song from his heart.
And the idea that fear comes when you think about yourself, don’t do it for you do it for everyone else, left my heart feeling a little bit bigger, a little bit fuller, and a little more excited for what may happen next…
Thanks for reading.
If you would like to hear the song Fear Comes, you can find it on Spotify here.
And if you’d like to get your own personal song written for you by Dane, you can find that along with other options to purchase his album at http://danemaxwell.com/buy-the-vow