"Sunbeams and Some Beans" discusses the importance of being a good
person, being self sustainable and that there's a surplus of food in
America but because of corporations it's only available to people with
money. It's her segue into sharing. "Grandma said to me/If you only
have one bean/And you meet someone with no bean/You should give them
half your bean/Cause you will be less hungry/If you eat just half a
bean/Than if you eat a whole bean in front of somebody with no bean."
Pretty poignant for a children's album. She also played songs from her
other albums including "Loose Lips," "Tire Swing" and "I Like Giants."
chatted with the very active crowd. As they yelled out to her she
responded, often in her charmingly snarky way with a giggle. She
noticed on stage that her nails were dirty and became preoccupied with
them, surveying the audience for the best cleaning meathods and then
cleaning them right on stage. Later she looked into the audience and
asked everyone if they wanted to sit, but there was no room. She
invited people to sit on stage and in the wings, freeing up space on
the floor so everyone could sit down and watch her play.
the music was great, the concert had one major problem -- it was so
hot. The beautiful and warm day combined with a packed venue heated up
the whole space. It wasn't just warm, it was that sticky heat, a
combination of weather and bodies all clustered in one space. Hydration
and fanning were absolutely crucial. For Kimya, it was worth it.
Personal bias: I loved Kimya since I was a little high schooler in Seattle.
Random detail: Before Kimya played "Hold My Hand" she
discussed a really horrible situation involving two kids in Oregon. After
leaving an abusive family in Virginia living with their older sister in
Oregon, they've been taken back to Virginia and placed in foster care.
Please read more about it.
By the way: If you live in Olympia, she has an amazing free choir you should join.