Ron "Ran" Waite Wing

In Concert: Deidre McCalla

In Concert: Deidre McCalla
by Ran

  I bought my first Deidre McCalla CD in Rehoboth Beach , MD and I immediately fell in love with her beautiful voice, plus her honest and heart-felt lyrics.  Since she lives in Atlanta , GA , I figured that I'd have to wait a good long time in order to see her in concert.  So I was thrilled when I was able to meet this OUT artist on August 13, 2005.  She performed some acoustic magic in "The Chapel in the Pines," in North Eastham, MA (just a short distance from my vacation destination of Provincetown ).

  It was a very warm evening, the stage was softly lit and this singer/songwriter stirred the still air with the mid-tempo "Playing For Keeps."  This is the title song from her latest CD. Her voice, which is as sweet as honeysuckle, filled the stillness of the night, and captivated us with its richness. She welcomed us into her performance and made us feel at home.  She performed songs from her four CD's and enriched us with tales from her perspective.  Deidre is the single parent to a 12 year old boy, she said that "Being a parent brings wonder back into your world," a sentiment reflected in many of the songs that she sang. She made us chuckle when she told us that according to the Singer/Songwriter Association, she was 

required to play a heart wrenching breakup song every 15 minutes.  Hey, she did the best that she could!  Later, she relayed a story about taking part in a demonstration, in support of same-sex marriage, in Virginia .  She had thought about writing a song for the occasion, but she realized that Laurie Lewis had already written THE song.  "Love Chooses You" had been a minor hit for Kathy Mattea, but its words fit perfectly for the demonstration.  After singing the song for us, she said that now it's her "favorite song in the world."  She wonders what the original intent of the lyrics were, she'll have to ask Laurie Lewis one day.  I also enjoyed the story about her son.  At age three he asked her not to sing to him at night.  She said, "I was kinda crushed.  I tried to explain that some people actually pay cash money to hear mommy sing."  Kids say the craziest things!

  I sang along with most of the songs, but a few acoustic versions really stood out: "If God Only Knew," "Girl You Don't Know" (one of my favorite songs of all times), and "Walk Me Down To The River."  Deidre has made her living as a full-time professional musician for 28 years, which might explain why this show was so enjoyable.   

  Deidre performed two 45 minute sets, plus an encore.  She thanked us, "I really appreciate you coming out and hanging with me on a hot August night...I live in a place that usually feels like this.  We sent you our weather this year."  So did I enjoy the show?  All I can do is repeat the title of one of her songs "Girl You Don't Know!" (the explanation point is mine).  You can find Deidre's cyber home on the Internet at  In remembrance of the concert, I'm fixin' to sip on a Mint Julep, relax, and listen to her CDs.

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