Special guest blog by Amanda Crann from “ImageAndFamily”
If anyone had told me that I’d develop online friends who could become more like family I would have laughed. But that is truly what I’ve found on StreetJelly. We’ve become a community of people who laugh together, cry together and share our lives with one another. Now if that isn’t family then I don’t know what is.
When we first started out on StreetJelly, we didn’t really think that anyone would listen to or even like the kind of music that we played, but the support we have found is mind blowing. We have quickly developed a steady group of people that offer their encouragement and applause to the shows that we put on. I have seen the growth in my own family that has occurred since we started performing for our wonderful fans. Many of you have watched my son, Robert, sing, play piano and tell jokes as well as interact with those who watch us. But what you may not know is that due to his autism, he is usually a withdrawn child around new people and struggles with communication. However, the encouragement he has found on StreetJelly has helped him to open up and not only enjoy but look forward to meeting new people. I have also noticed a new found confidence in myself that I never imagined I could have.
The feeling of family was demonstrated to me on Saturday, April 6, 2013. As many of you know that was the day that Merv asked me to marry him. Together Merv and Frankie rallied the whole community to be there and help to make that day one I will never forget. To see all the work that went into such a spectacular night and to know that so many people cared and wanted to be a part of our big night was overwhelmingly touching.
That night started like any other, but when we began our show the number of viewers skyrocketed. Never before had I ever seen so many people all watching one show. I was blown away by the sheer number that amassed to watch us. Then the big moment happened as Merv asked the question that I have waited my entire life for and it may sound bizarre but I could hear the applause from our family that night. I have never felt as much love overflowing as I did that night. I thank everyone who came out to be a part of that amazing experience, especially our King, Frankie, you rock. You truly helped to make it a magical and unforgettable event.
As I write this I am reminded of the words of a song that my family and I close every show with and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that these words apply to each and every one of you in StreetJelly land.
“We’re running out of trees and we’re running out of space but we’ll never run out of good people,” from Great Big Sea’s Good People
Fred Smith on April 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm said:
Hi Amanda , Merv , & Robert , Always have a good time on your Shows and talking back on the message board . Everybody enjoy these Shows . Too bad we all don’t live in the same area so we could all get together . Your Friend , Fred .
merv on April 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm said:
thank you so much for the kind words fred , we would definatly have a stomping good time together brother.
Amanda on April 17, 2013 at 6:16 pm said:
Glad to hear that you enjoy our shows. Always love having you in the audience. 🙂
Ivan on April 18, 2013 at 10:32 am said:
I’m really great full to find You …
Frankie ,Image and Family & co . ( meaning all the “streetjelly ” members ) they so welcome me … and I’m still exited about this … I can tell ( at night I even dream performing at street jelly lol ) this is my third day performing and have great time interacting whit kind people …who really pay attention at the time of sharing, I felt identity as Amanda Crann shared ” I have also noticed a new found confidence in myself that I never imagined I could have. ” ___ streetjelly is changing my life ,making it better …and a reason to live for …I mean ” praise God ” ‘ cuz theres hope … Humanity is alive and wants to love and share and care , etc…
Thank u ” Street Jelly “
merv on April 18, 2013 at 11:05 am said:
Ivan we love having you share your music with us, your a great talent and addition to the streetjelly FAmily. Rock on brother !!!!!
Deborah Crann on April 18, 2013 at 10:35 am said:
I just read what you wrote and it brought tears to my eyes. I too would not of believed that you could make such good friends on the web. but to my amazement I have too. This is definitely a extended family connection we all share. I am glad to be a part of streetjelly. Thank you Frankie.
Frank Podlaha on April 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm said:
I’m blown away by all nice the comments. Thank you. You guys are all too kind! And again, thank you so much Amanda for putting into words how so many people feel.
Clifty on April 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm said:
Mauren on April 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm said:
Fred Smith on April 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm said:
Let the Music begin , that’s what I am talking about .
Tom Rule on April 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm said:
It **was** a great thing to watch. Sadly I couldn’t do much commenting – was catching it in-between major stuff going on at the house. FORTUNATELY I was standing watching when the big moment arrived, and I have to say….it was pretty cool!
May your days be happy!
merv on April 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm said:
Thanks Tom was great you were there to share in our special moment . jam on brother !!
Pat Marr on December 1, 2013 at 10:20 am said:
[quote]If anyone had told me that I’d develop online friends who could become more like family I would have laughed[/quote]
but you ARE family Amanda!
that’s why everybody loves you!