Top 10 Favorite “Fan Moments” of Last Year

I decided to do something different this year and instead of shouting out my top fans of the year shout out my favorite moments. I’m still (and always) incredibly grateful for all the support I get every.single.day to keep my ship afloat and on course but last year didn’t feature too much touring and venturing out into the world in a big way to include enough new people on this list. 

So, for those of you who are freaking amazing – you know who you are – You’ve put me up in your house, helped me book shows or even booked your own house concert, flown across the country to see shows, recorded those shows, brought out friends and shared my work with everyone you know online and off... you guys seriously rock!!! 

:::I’m staring to question weather or not I should just screw the top moments idea and thank my top fans!! oy!!::: 

This post is also about acknowledging the serendipity of life and how a fleeting moment can be captured and something seemingly little can mean so much. 

You guys are all my community and it’s a wonderful journey to make music for you. 

Without further rambling... here are just 10 of my favorite “fan moments” of 2016! 

10. Every single time you sang along at a show! Sometimes without encouraging... sometimes with me getting “New York” on you but you sang-a-long and that makes my heart smile. 

9. The times you’ve come to me for encouragement on you own creative pursuits or just to share with me your songs, poems, books and artwork. 

8. One of my house concerts was canceled when the host’s husband surprised her with tickets to NYC for that same weekend not knowing she had booked me... they caught my show in NYC. :) 

7. Meeting and taking a selfie with this cutie pie I met while busking at the Staten Island Ferry.

6. Batgirl looking for my musical secrets at one of my favorite shows of the year – Concerts by the Sea at Channel Islands Harbor. 


5. Justin Higuchi capturing another one of my favorite live shots... my smile really sums up how happy I am on stage and doing what I do. I’m a fan of all his live music photography.


4. A bride hired me to sing for her wedding this year and then learned her mother was already a fan of my music after hearing me play earlier in the year at a winery... It’s a small world! 

3. Hearing one of my favorite photographers, Chris Zedano, play my song, Sundance in Your Eyes, on guitar after our latest photoshoot. Chris is one of the first photographers I ever worked with (rumor is that I am one of the first people he photographed outside his family!) He's a great photographer and has also shot many of my favorite photos and is now multi talented having picked up guitar and learned a few of my songs!

2. Writing my first custom song for “Meemee and Spoom” on their 10 year anniversary. It was such a gift to get to know them and create this timeless capsule of their love story. 

::::drum rolllllll::::

1. Marrying my best friend whom I met because he heard me busking on the streets of Park City, UT during Sundance.

6 comments

  • Len Fischer

    Len Fischer Ojai

    My favorite Natalie moment of 2016 was via Periscope at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, when after you TOLD the crowd several times that the ferry would arrive at gate 2, not at gate 1 where they were clustered, and then it DID arrive at gate 2 and you began directing them like an airport worker with flashlights directing a plane and we see the throng of people envelope you and can't see you because of the crowd but can still hear Ms. Natalie in her best Southern Accent saying “you should have listened to me, I TOLD you it was coming to Gate 2”!

    My favorite Natalie moment of 2016 was via Periscope at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, when after you TOLD the crowd several times that the ferry would arrive at gate 2, not at gate 1 where they were clustered, and then it DID arrive at gate 2 and you began directing them like an airport worker with flashlights directing a plane and we see the throng of people envelope you and can't see you because of the crowd but can still hear Ms. Natalie in her best Southern Accent saying “you should have listened to me, I TOLD you it was coming to Gate 2”!

  •   Natalie Gelman

    Natalie Gelman

    Len, that was so funny to read... I do get frustrated when I'm not heard sometimes. lol... pitfalls of being the youngest I guess! Funny that I did it in a southern accent though. I don't usually pull out accents when I'm busking and that could explain why people weren't listening to what I was saying too because my accent distracted them... great story!

    Len, that was so funny to read... I do get frustrated when I'm not heard sometimes. lol... pitfalls of being the youngest I guess! Funny that I did it in a southern accent though. I don't usually pull out accents when I'm busking and that could explain why people weren't listening to what I was saying too because my accent distracted them... great story!

  • Kevin

    Kevin Apple Valley, MN

    I figured out the pattern here now. For the third year in a row -- whether choosing a person or moment -- number one on your list has had to do with you picking out the most handsome young fella whose path crossed yours. Hard to believe Schipper hasn't made it!

    I figured out the pattern here now. For the third year in a row -- whether choosing a person or moment -- number one on your list has had to do with you picking out the most handsome young fella whose path crossed yours. Hard to believe Schipper hasn't made it!

  •   Natalie Gelman

    Natalie Gelman

    Kevin... keen eye! Ha! Schippers video would have won had it been in 2016... oy. I can't make everyone happy with this can I!? lol.

    Kevin... keen eye! Ha! Schippers video would have won had it been in 2016... oy. I can't make everyone happy with this can I!? lol.

  • Dave Schipper

    Dave Schipper Holmen WI

    Thanks Kevin for a shout out. Love the blog. I didn't need to move from my 11 spot, that would have meant someone from the top ten wasn't with you anymore, and you know us loyal fans of yours don't leave you.

    Thanks Kevin for a shout out. Love the blog. I didn't need to move from my 11 spot, that would have meant someone from the top ten wasn't with you anymore, and you know us loyal fans of yours don't leave you.

  •   Natalie Gelman

    Natalie Gelman

    Dave ... #11 is just TWO #1's ... thought you might like to know that! :D Ha! I may flip back and forth with these lists... or do them both next year. Def good to have everyones support!

    Dave ... #11 is just TWO #1's ... thought you might like to know that! biggrin Ha! I may flip back and forth with these lists... or do them both next year. Def good to have everyones support!

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