Jana Stanfield gives benefit concert at Portales High School

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist

Her voice carries with it the assurance that you, too, can be as grounded and centered as she is. Her voice carries with it the confidence that, since she is an ordinary, everyday person who has come to this level of awareness, you can achieve that same level.

Her stage presence is part of that which creates the atmosphere. You cannot help but come alive when she begins to sing, nor can you help but identify with her in her sometimes humorous, sometime poignant exploration of what it means to be human, in this place, in this time.

Jana Stanfield, Clovis High graduate, Eastern New Mexico University graduate, 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award winner at ENMU, is coming to Portales High School auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 18, week before Thanksgiving, for a 7 p.m. concert.

This is a mission project of the First Presbyterian Church of Portales, with profits benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association camp in Happy, Texas, near Amarillo.

Last year, the project sent five children to summer camp. This may not sound huge, until one realizes that each of these special needs children is sent to camp at a cost of $600. That is really a small price to pay to give a kid a taste of the experiences that the rest of us take for granted. Horseback riding, swimming, hiking— all of these represent a special challenge and triumph for a kid with MD.

Tickets for the event range from $10 downward, if one is a child, student or other price-break category. Complete information is available by calling 356-5533.
What is the music? Well, there is more than the music. The audience interaction is vital. But the music — I like “Nothin’ I Can Do About It Now.” It humorously describes so many circumstances where, having gotten oneself in a bind, there’s no option but to laugh in the mirror.

At the other end of the spectrum, “If I Had Only Known” reminds us of all the things we wish we had said to those we love, if we knew how brief our time with them might just prove to be. Cancer survivors— does that sound like a lesson we should have learned? Hmmm?

There will be an opportunity this year, as well, to buy $5 raffle tickets on one or both of two autographed guitars, one by Clint Black, the other by Little Big Town. As I recall, our very own mayor, David Lansford, won last year’s guitar.

This is a fine opportunity to mingle with friends, hear a gifted and soulful musician whose work crosses several categories and support a worthwhile cause. Food will be available, and if it’s done as it has been in the past, there will be real supper kind of food as well as snacks. It’s a grand way to kick off the holiday season.

Who knows, you just might win a Clint Black guitar, a Christmas gift for the musician on your gift list.