Even though many of us here get to see Hayley in concert occasionally or even regularly I suspect many of us seldom get the chance to thank her properly or as sincerely as we might like to do. While queuing in a line after a concert with a cd or programme to be signed is hardly the place for a deep and meaningful conversation with a line of people waiting behind you.
I have read hundreds of very short posts often from people who don't speak English here and on the official forum from people who have very obviously been touched in a deep way by Hayley's music.
And you know the words have failed them. They just want to say "Thanks" through the only way they can find. through the forums and sometimes they never post again, and you know that they have been touched in some deep and personal way by Hayley's voice.
I was called away while writing this post and did not get to finish it.
I was hoping people would simply address their replies to Hayley.
Thanks for that. You hit the nail on the head for some of us old hands too. Yes, "thank you" is what I always feel I want to say to Hayley, but somehow, as you say, you never get the chance to do so properly in brief meetings after concerts.
I would really like Hayley to know how much what she does is appreciated, and why it is that some of us spend so much time here and elsewhere eagerly devouring everything we can. Yes, words failed me the first time I heard Hayley sing, over five years ago. All I could do was croak incoherently I has been so moved. And that does not change with time.
I don't understand how she does it, or why I feel the way I do when I hear her sing. But I know that I love it, and that I am not alone and insane, since many other people who post here feel the same way.
Hayley, I love what you do and who you are. Thank you, and keep up the good work, and if there is anything I can do to help, it will be a pleasure.
There are always so many questions for Hayley and so little time to ask them. Often too, certainly in my case and I guess for many others, minds seem to empty of all recognisable thought at the very moment. It doesn't seem to matter that I have seen and spoken to Hayley many times, and I that I should be quite used to being close to her by now. Nothing seems to prepare you for that first smile of each encounter; first or fortieth it is always a new and different experience that only happens with Hayley.
For my own part, I've thanked Hayley many times with carefully thought out words in Birthday and Christmas cards; with little gifts; with the poster sale and so on, but I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've thanked her personally.
So thank you Hayley for touching our lives and being the wonderful caring girl that you are and I will make a point of saying it personally next time I see you.
As Martin & Grant have already commented, I too feel the same way . Despite the many times that I have spoken to you Hayley after a show, I still find it difficult to find a few appropriate words to say to you in the short amount of time available - and even when occasionally I am fortunate enough to have your full attention, the words simply refuse to come out !! A good example - at Stoke last October, do you recall, I did have a few moments to thank you for bringing back to the set list 'Never Saw Blue' - which was a total surprise that evening. I started to talk to you and I just couldn't think of the name of the song. After what seemed a very long pause - it did eventually come to me but by that time the impact of my thank-you was lost along the way
I guess the closest that I have come to feeling relaxed with you Hayley was after the recent Cardiff concert, when I was just one of only four people (all HWIers) to speak with you after the show. You were also relaxed and all four of us were able to take a little time to say what we wanted to say, with you doing the same. However, these times are rare and very special when they do happen.
Anyway, what I really wanted to say to you Hayley, to help make up for all the many times that I have wanted to say this, is a very big THANK-YOU. Thank-you for all the years of pleasure that your music has brought into my life. Thank-you, for making each concert and time that we have met so very special in some way. Thank-you for your patience and consideration for others. Thank-you for helping to bring together such a great bunch of people here on this forum. Most of all though, thank-you for just being you.