It's frightening how quickly breakfast can turn into bedlam.
On a rainy morning in early July, Oklahoma City-based songwriter Sherree Chamberlain was driving near the Paseo Arts District.
The Oklahoma State University alumna had a full day planned: breakfast with a friend, a paid gig in downtown Oklahoma City with Stillwater rockers Taddy Porter and The Flatland Travelers, then dinner with her soon-to-be manager.
As she was driving, a car slammed into her car and knocked her head against the window. Her car was totaled, and she was stuck in the rain with a car full of instruments.
When Chamberlain snapped back to reality, she said she didn't want a doctor. She wanted pizza.
Her bandmates, Eric Kiner, Jonathon Mooney and Joey Morris, heard what happened and tracked her down.
"I was like, 'Are we going to play or not?'" Kiner said in a phone interview.
Chamberlain said she knew the ball was rolling. Her band was getting paid for playing. She needed to start saving cash for a new car.
"It made sense to play," she said in a telephone interview.
After Chamberlain made a trip to an emergency room and got an OK from a doctor, her parents drove her to the Wormy Dog Saloon.
As neon signs buzzed and beer bottles clinked, the Sherree Chamberlain Band flew through a set of several songs in front of about 300 listeners.
"Sherree's insane," Morris said with a laugh over the telephone. "When she got that mild concussion, I couldn't really tell the difference. She's crazy anyway.... It was the perfect show. We didn't have time for rehearsal, and we played like we had rehearsed for hours."
Fast forward through the summer to this past Sunday.
The rainy afternoon and the allure of bed sheets delayed Chamberlain from an interview, but she quickly apologized for her tardiness and began detailing her active morning.
She worked on music and prepared for the two classes she started teaching at Edmond Santa Fe High School this semester, but she got overwhelmed and hit the hay again.
She said she's having a "24-year-old meltdown."
"I'm feeling so old, and I don't know what's going on. I'm having anxiety about everything," Chamberlain said.
"I've been listening to music I love lately. I keep going, 'I wish I could be in this band, or I wish I could be in that band. Why am I not writing music I love to play?'"
She's balancing a lot, though: teaching classes, waitressing at a pizzeria and preparing for a sophomore album.
Her debut, "Wasp in the Room," was a gentle folk album that embellished the singer's talents and her simple, elegant songs.
After a concert at Eskimo Joe's in Stillwater on Saturday, she plans to take "a little step away from the cutesy pop singer/songwriter and a little bit more toward being a cohesive band and setting a mood."
No matter what happens, music is going to be around Chamberlain.
She lets her students at Edmond Santa Fe listen to music while they work. One afternoon, a student walked up to Chamberlain and wrapped headphones around her ears. It was her album playing.
Sometimes her students aren't the biggest fans, though.
"I heard one of them the other day go, 'Miss Chamberlain, I downloaded your stuff off of LimeWire,'" she said.
Another kid asked what she sounded like. He responded with a review, saying Chamberlain's music is weird. Something you'll either love or hate.
If her student's review and a car accident won't stop her from making music, little will.
Sherree Chamberlain Band
• With: OK Sweetheart, Fiawna Forte.
• When: 9 tonight.
• Where: Eskimo Joe's, 501 W Elm Ave., Stillwater.
• Information: www.