So…last week, I had huge news. I got to announce that Governor Malloy of Connecticut declared Tuesday, 12/15/15, Kristen Graves Day.
It was awesome.
I’ve been joking about having my own day for a long time, because - who wouldn’t want their own day? And it happened!
It actually happened!
I was psyched, of course. Who doesn’t like being recognized for their efforts in their career? I was so happy to be honored for my contributions to the arts.
But what really touched me, and what actually meant the most to me, was that he asked that the day encourage people to celebrate the arts as well as compassion and social justice.
To have my name listed in a sentence with compassion and social justice was and is a huge compliment.
Music is important to me. It’s my favorite thing in the entire world - it’s where I turn regardless of how I’m feeling, and it pays my bills. I love music.
But no matter what, no matter how hard I practice, or how great or bad I sound at any particular show, it’s incredibly important to me that I remain grounded and kind.
Because, really- I don’t think you’re ever talented enough to be a jerk.
Tuesday meant a lot to me for a lot of reasons, but to be celebrated as a kind musician - well…I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Thank you, Governor Malloy.