Mailbag 78

I first found out about the in-store appearances when I was home sick from work. I decided right then and there that I would not miss the Detroit appearance no matter what! (Detroit is only an hour away). Well, when I got to work the next day and went to write the date on my planner, I noticed that I would be out of town on that Saturday in Chicago!!! I was absolutely crushed! But there was nothing I could do to change either date… so I decided that I would make the trip to Chicago a day early and see Steve there. My Friday started at 2:30 am. We arrived in Chicago EXACTLY at noon!

The show was spectacular! Steve is the most emotional player I have ever heard, and just listening certainly doesn’t do him justice. He poured his heart out to us for the three song set. I can’t imagine how drained he must be after such a show!

The highlight of the trip was, of course, meeting Steve after the set. I had a whole list of things planned to say but when I got to the front of the line, I was so starstruck I couldn’t speak! Steve was kind enough to make sure that everyone who wanted autographs that day left satisfied, despite his feeling under the weather. Steve, I hope you’re reading this, because I would really like to thank you. You give so much to us through your music and your generous spirit. I hope you know how talented you really are.


Amanda J. Pennington