My mom started dating my stepdad when I was 8 years old and he was/is a big jazz fan. Like many native Texans, the only music that I had ever listened to up until that point was country lol. He made her a mixtape and ‘You Make Me Smile,’ among other songs, was on the tape. I was obsessed! I can remember rewinding and fast forwarding to your song over and over again. We ended up going to see you at Caravana Dreams when I was 9. It was the first concert I had ever been to and I don’t remember how, but I got to go back stage and meet you and the band. Mom says I just simply went up to the man guarding the entrance and asked. You signed a yellow peice of paper (which I still have) and jokingly offered me a beer. It’s one of my favorite memories.
I went on to become a singer and started singing in bands when I was 16 years old. I only play acoustic gigs now for fun but you were a major influence for me and I just wanted to thank you for being so sweet to that 9yr old little girl.
My family and I saw you at the Bass Hall last night-it was the first time that we’ve seen you since Caravana Dreams. It was INCREDIBLE-not just because of the sentimental history but the music was amazing! I was moved to tears several times throughout the night and I couldn’t have been more thrilled and surprised when you busted out with ‘You Make Me Smile.’ I sincerely hope that you will make this performance a tradition because we would love to make it a family tradition for us every Christmas as well!
Thank you for the wonderful memories!
Whitney Rae Ferguson