All night long my wife is getting texts that say, “Woot Woot!!”  What is this? I am not familiar with this term. So, I Laura and 3 Wammieslooked it up on the holistic brain trust, the Internet. Turns out its origin is ambiguous. One source says it hails from a contraction in Dungeons & Dragons of �wow, loot!� when a player�s character came across gold or wealth in the game. Well, in that case, my wife deserves her Woot Woot’s, because she came home with some loot last night: 3 Wammies.

Wammies are the annual awards from the Washington Area Music Association, honoring local talent. Laura left the awards ceremonies with:
* 2014 Contemporary Folk Vocalist*
* tied for 2014 Song of the Year with A Little Note
* 2014 Folk Contemporary Recording  for her latest album, Heart of the Great Unknown.

As her husband, it was a thrill just to hear her name read from the podium in the lists of nominees.

The Wammies are a real scene. The whole music community turns up from boogie-woogie greats to amazing Klezmer jazz artists, from electronic remix to grunge reggae.  There’s a real buzz in the air and the audience is Shmooze City, a blend of musical all-stars, wannabes with dreams in their eyes, and Washington DC icons.

I was about as proud as I could be of my wife, Laura Baron, for all her persistence and artistry. It was wonderful to see her recognized as a winner in the world of Washington music.

I have two words for Laura: Woot Woot!

The arts, quite simply, nourish the soul. They sustain, comfort, inspire. There is nothing like that exquisite moment when you first discover the beauty of connecting with others in celebration of larger ideals and shared wisdom. 

– Gordon Gee