at the 44th annual ann arbor folk festival
5 live streamed hours on saturday night
every kind of music and performance
big and small
i once again
heard beautiful poems played
by my favorite pianist
whose song ‘thanksgiving’ i heard for the very first time
many years ago on the radio while on a road trip to toronto
having no idea who it was or what the song was
being very moved by it
not knowing if i’d ever hear it again
serendipity stepped in
when driving back home
with a windham hill artists’ compilation cd
an unexpected gift from my host
on which he was a featured artist playing that very song.
“music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.”
on the last day before our winter break
the instruments waited patiently
for the children
who would soon come
to begin their day
by happily making music.
“music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.”
met this musician
while out on a walk
just to make people feel better
music and compassion
flowed from him.
“the banjo is truly an american instrument,
and it captures something about our past.”
Ella Fitzgerald, born April 25, 1917, in Newport News, Virginia.
this photo, by Annie Leibovitz, was one of Ella’s favorites.
happy birthday to Ella, the queen of jazz.
‘one chord is fine.
two chords are pushing it.
three chords and you’re into jazz.”
credits: photo-annie leibovitz, wemu radio
musician’s outdoor snowman promo –
‘playing guitars for your warmth’
tonight at the ann arbor distilling company
“music brings a warm glow to my vision,
thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.”
– haruki murakami , author – hard boiled wonderland and the end of the world
february, 2019 – ann arbor, michigan, use
aretha performs ‘spirit in the dark’ at the fillmore west – 1971
motown and the whole world will miss you.