Well……I am sitting in the shop today preparing for the Christmas season and gearing up to make sure that we have plenty of thoughtful timeless baubles to fill stockings and boxes with little red bows. I have been so grateful…really, I thank God every day that I have the know how, care, and kind folks to share my gifts with. I thank him for how my path ended up landing me in the middle of what can only be described as divine.
My dear sweet friend Natalie Hemby, whom I was blessed to have my first cut (Dont Rush Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill) and whom you know as the talented writer of the songs you love to sing to….White Liar, Pontoon, Tornado, Drinks after work…..just to start, asked me to be her date to the fabulous BMI awards. What could a girl do but get dolled up (thank you to Kyah Hillis for loaning me a dress after my last minute shopping frenzy turned up nothing, not even a gunny sack)? We made our way through a room decorated by your favorite country artists, songwriters, label heads, publishers. I met so many sweet people who were Giador fans from afar, having admired their friends pieces long before our encounter, and was blessed. I watched my friend get her well deserved awards, visited and made new friends, and hugged old pals that welcomed me into this exclusive and elusive industry over 10 years ago, and was blessed. THEN IT HAPPENED…………..I saw him from across the room, black stetson, smile for days, and all I could say was …..”Natalie, I am really sorry but I am definitely going to embarrass you tonight when I tackle my love from the age of 7……..GEORGE STRAIT!!!!!” What does this have to do with jewelry????????? Absolutely nothing and EVERYTHING at the same time. My deep seeded love for the king of country took away all reason carried me across the room to my sweet George, I half expected to get stopped by an entourage as he was just within reach. I crouched down and put my hand on his shoulder……………I told him how he was my first “fan” experience, my first concert, the soundtrack to my hours of coloring in my room and my karaoke as I sang every word to every song playing from the grey tape player I got for Christmas. I thanked him, how does that even seem appropriate, and yet I did…I thanked him for all he has done for so long. I thanked him for singing the songs that made me stop and admire them line by line. I told him I had been blessed by my first cut this year…..and how surreal it was to be right where I was sitting crouched at the feet of the man that made me sing along……and I….WAS…..BLESSED!!!!
My thoughts at the end of the night, were very simple…….”I wonder if these people know just how blessed they are to be a part of the magic that is music?”. What does it have to do with jewelry, the bauble room? From My first talent show standing on a stage singing My Favorite Things to a little shop in Edgehill Village……..I am blessed to have it all……the business that keeps me humble, moving, caring, creating, dreaming……the music that keeps me young, sparkly, hungry, inspired, dreaming! I am not one or the other…..I am many things and I am blessed just to be. Thank you, all of you that let me share my songs, my jewels, my stories, my story and fingerprints. It is me…..Giador….Music….