A note from Christine:
Last night I tried to write this letter and began
looking at videos and photos of Sarah Elizabeth Campbell to share.
I ended up a basket case and had to give up.
Chris had the brilliant idea in the fall of 2012 to
create Mystery Monday as a vehicle for me and my old pal "Sayra" to
sing together every week. Although we've been friends for over
20 years and had sung together at parties, Threadgill's in the old
days and ArtZ during her residency there, it was always just a song
or two. The last 14 months we had the chance to meld our
voices, to find that musical sweet spot, to enjoy being together
every week, to share a zillion laughs, and cry our share of tears
once she was diagnosed with liver cancer and the prognosis began to
look pretty bleak.
But knowing that each day was a gift, we embraced our
time together - and especially the music - with our whole beings and
dug the joy out of every note and every moment. And the
community that came together every Monday at El Mercado, and then
traveled en masse over to Donn's Depot, showered her (and us) with
enough love and support to carry her through this difficult journey
as if she was flying on the wings of angels, which she was...her
friends. Sarah was a wide open, big hearted, ballsy, brassy,
deep, heartfelt, sentimental, sarcastic, tender, tough, childlike,
wise, hysterical, gifted woman and a magnet who attracted legions of
grateful souls who became her truly good friends. She kept in touch
with you and helped you keep in touch with yourself.
My favorite song we sang together was "Home" by Karla
Bonoff (click here for a You
Tube of us singing it). Sarah loved being home with her
kitties and sweet pup Tweetie. She sang "I'll Fly Away" Monday
night and then "just a few more weary days" later she flew away from
her home here with all of us.
There are no words, only love...
And a blurb from Chris:
The holidays are behind us. The
eggs were nogged, the biscottis baked and cut ever so carefully
before being sent, the presents wrapped and unwrapped, the carols
were sung, the tree trimmed, enjoyed and recycled, the stockings
were overflowing, the lights (still up) made the house feel
inviting, the weather was just cold enough to feel like Christmas,
the James Brown Christmas CD got spun a dozen times, the clam
chowder with oyster crackers reminded me of Christmas Eve oyster
stew at the 1960's Gage house in Pierre, SD, the gifts of goodies
from family and friends all over have been devoured, the mulled wine
is a memory, the Chex mix no longer a temptation, my new chef's
knife already feels like an old friend, and just today we learned
that we have a gift certificate that we knew nothing about from
Christine's sister Susan and her husband Carl to use at Casa
Maria, our local Mexican restaurant.
Happy New Year, everyone.
Sarah Elizabeth Campbell was a very good friend.
She had no filter between her brain and her mouth, she would say
exactly what she was thinking, and that's a refreshing trait in a
friend. No mask, no walls, no BS, pretty much the truth.
She played two amazing holiday shows in Austin, sang her butt off,
then simply went to bed on Christmas and never got back up. I
will miss her so much. Click here to
see Sarah and me sing John Prine's "The Speed of the Sound of
My studio schedule is starting to pick up and I've got
artists booking studio time into the spring (including our own
Christine Albert). I recorded Jerry Jeff Walker and Doug
Montgomery recently doing voice-overs for a TexStar Ford radio spot
that's been airing in Stephenville TX for many years. Next
week I think I'm working on an ABC Pest Control jingle in Spanish!
You just never know.
See you at the gig!