When Jamie Tworkowski first envisioned the Heavy and Light Tour, he dreamed of an evening of songs, conversation, and hope. He didn’t want a benefit show, but rather an intimate setting where people from all walks of life could come together for one night, share in the human experience, and come alive through music and the hope that flows from it.
Last night Ethan and I went to the To Write Love on Her Arms Heavy and Light tour. We were there mostly to see Anis Mojgani, as we both respect his art, voice, and poetry. We were up in the balcony and got a really good view of him performing.
Shake the Dust
Life, Love, and Everything in Between
I got him to sign my copy of The Feather Room. It says “Remain always an orchard” and I’ve been exploring the personal significance of that. This man is the reason I started writing slam poetry and got up the courage to say the things in my heart in front of people. I’ve even had a little bit of success with it!
A couple of people asked me to write a little bit about what Anis was like in person. Obviously I only had about 45 seconds of his time, but he strikes me as being just as genuine and at peace as he seems in his videos. He’s an entrancing performer and I believe the words that he shared were important for the crowd at Heavy and Light to hear.
I really respect what TWLOHA is doing and I was so glad to get the chance to support a pretty cool organization while also hearing my favorite performance poet in person.
Probably one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever had the privilege of not only witnessing but being a part of. This is Christina Perri singing a song she wrote just for the Heavy & Light TWLOHA show called “Believe”
Dividing the crowd into three sections she has us sing along, during the last 30 seconds of the song she stopped singing and the piano went silent.. it was beautiful.
Thank you Christina for allowing us to be a part of something this breathtaking.
(ignore the door slams in the background, it was starting to annoy me too)
Yesterday, I went to a TWLOHA concert at Chicago’s House of Blues, where I was incredibly lucky to be allowed to use my 5D, even though I didn’t have a press pass. I got to see my childhood hero Jon Foreman of Switchfoot live, and needless to say, he was amazing. If the Heavy and Light Tour comes your way, jump on it immediately.
Additionally, To Write Love On Her Arms is a great cause that needs support, so please give them a bit of your time if you can.
So last night i went to the heavy and light tour. It was easily the most wonderful and beautiful nights i could ever experience. It was nice to be able to forget all my problems and worries for a night. I felt so close with everyone in the room and it was amazing. I didn’t get to meet anyone sadly. However, this night has made me happy and strong. I will now treat everyone with kindness and newfound respect. Cause everyone is going through something. They all have a story.
Im so glad i switched my major to music. Because honestly, I wanna be a part of something like this.
I met new people and was genuinely moved by the music and the speakers