Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Photograph by Haley Warner

Synergy:  The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.

Over the course of the last 24 hours I have envisioned myself as a spirit surveying the beautiful collage of events in slow motion at the Nie benefit concert.  At 7:15 p.m. over a hundred people wait at will call, hopeful to get a seat in a sold-out 7:00 p.m. show.  Splashes of color flood the lobby where oil paintings, jewelry and furniture among other treasures, have been lovingly given to be auctioned off.  Volunteers that arrived in the morning are still scuffling around ten hours later, attending to every whim, every detail.  Backstage, the green room is alive with laughter.  Snacks and drinks are consumed. Matt Mattson strums a guitar while the Thrillionaires spout off witty song lyrics.  Krista Maurer magically seems to be in three places at one time banishing this disaster and that with the flick of her wand.  From the shadows of the back of the theater, Rod Elwood illuminates my shoulders with star dust.  Joe Anderson turns knobs and mixes instruments that reverberate through the hall and settle on our ears like a soft kiss.  I move across the stage and look into your faces.  I open my mouth and a voice flows out that doesn't feel like my own.  

It feels like a gift.  

You feel like a gift.  

Together we give.  

It is breath taking.

Backstage, behind curtains, two adoring parents listen as their daughters sing like angels.  They are the recipients of this night's display of love.  Yet, they may not yet comprehend just how much they've given to us and our hearts are full to the point of bursting!  This is synergy.



  1. What a lovely recap. You are a gifted, giving soul and I'm sure your dear friends are overwhelmed by your kindness just as much as you have been overwhelmed by them.

  2. Amen sista! You rocked it. You are a blessing to others as much as Nie and her family is. Together you make this amazing cocktail of optimism and insight. It was meant to be!

  3. I wish I could've been there but if it was anything like the one in Mesa--I'm sure it was amazing! Keep spreading the love!

  4. Mindy, I along with my sis in law Becky were able to accompany the hundreds that showed up in Mesa and you guys were breathtaking. The spirit in that room was unbelieveable and I wish so badly that I could have been to the one in Utah. You are an amazing person and friend to that family. I hope you will always know of the true angelic peace you bring!!! Thank you Mindy and I hope you are having a good day!!!!
    A new fan but one forever.
    Tifani Cluff
    Safford Arizona

  5. Thank you sharing your beautiful thoughts...i wish so badly i could have been apart of it. Amazing!!

  6. Beautifully said, Mindy, really.

  7. Mindy,
    I don't know you personally, but I received your Sum of all Grace CD for Christmas and absolutely LOVE it. Thank you for it. I am saving my pennies to get your second CD.

    I wish, I wish, I wish I could have been at the Covey Center on Monday night.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent with so many people.

  8. I loved the concert. I am just wondering if you have recorded the Love song that you sang(the dancing one) and the one about Nie and Christian. I loved those. And about the january Blahs. You are so talented

  9. Hi. I was at the concert on Monday and drove two hours there and back that day. It was worth it. You are a great singer. I loved the January blah song. You also did great with the thrillionaires. You were witty and quick.

    A lot of your songs hit home for me. I appreciate your music very much. Thanks for what you do.

  10. What a wonderful night and a wonderful refill of our lamps. Thank you so much for sharing your sweet talent with my husband and I. Your lullaby is the only thing that can calm my newborn daughter to sleep in the middle of the night. My husband and I have a new spring in our step after last Monday. Thank you Mindy.