Make a Difference


About 1:30 Friday night we were loading out of Jack of the Wood in Asheville. I was standing on the sidewalk watching the last drum cases go in the van when a young woman walked up to me. She wore tight cut-off jeans and cowboy boots, and when she smiled her eyes shone maybe a little too brightly. She had a cigarette in her hand and wanted a light. I couldn’t help her.

“It’s been a long day,” she said.

“Yes,” I said, “It’s been a real long day.”

“So,” she said, “did you make a difference?”

Thank you, Meredith. That’s the best question anyone has asked me in a long time.

(Thanks to Farmer John for the photo.)

8 replies
  1. Tina
    Tina says:


    The only difference, that´s worth making, is putting a smile on the face of the person next to you and making this world a little more enjoyable and brighter.

    Concerning Your audiences (incl. Meredith, haha!), You succeed again and again immensely in making difference.

    Your shows are the best around. Please keep enjoying it as much as we do.

    I´m still smiling since I first listened to DM, especially live.

    Thank You!

    Hope, these lines make a little difference to You, too.:-))

  2. Ian Baldwin
    Ian Baldwin says:

    Hi Tom,

    Will you come and make a difference to us here in the UK !!!
    It’s been too long and we sure need cheering up here what with all the rain.Let me know if you ever plan to visit as I have a venue with your name on it !!!


  3. Tom Gray
    Tom Gray says:

    I saw in today’s newspaper that U.S. Rep. John Lewis, one of my personal heroes, has on his office wall a quote from John F. Kennedy: “One man can make a difference and every man should try.”

  4. Tina
    Tina says:

    Yes, exceeding social or personal limitations can take some courage, but these days more and more people (like You) make a difference that way.

    What a great chance!

    Have a lovely weekend with fantastic shows in Tallahassee and Camden!

  5. Joanne
    Joanne says:

    I often listen to your music on my way to work. The day starts off a little brighter and crazy drivers are a little less annoying. Yes, you make a difference, even when you don’t realize it.


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