my chinese new year fortune.
a woodstock moment – 40+ years later
on a whim, a young duo went to the legendary festival
only to be captured in a memorable image
two in half a million:
bobbi kelly and nick ercoline greet the dawn
on august 17, 1969.
“this is the way to hear music, i think,
surrounded by rolling hills and farmlands, under a big sky.”
― uwe michael lang, The Road to Woodstock
credits: burk uzzle (photo), life magazine, tim dumas, smithsonian magazine
a lovely evening spent
in a warm and friendly house
filled with friends and family and neighbors
of all ages
of all kinds
with voices and instruments
it was important for us,
to proudly represent our country
with our own
belly dance act.
it was truly
a night to remember.
“every performance is different. that’s the beauty of it.”
Rossnowlagh, Donegal, Ireland
(seisiún refers to sit-in performances in a relaxed social setting, in which the entertainment is intermingled with the consumption of ale, stout, beer and conversation.)
visited a pub
in a little village
from near and far
slept above it
in a tiny room
while beautiful irish music
dancing me into sweet dreams.
“i’m not afraid of chaos and i’m happy talking to strangers.
i really love not knowing where I’m going.”
we stopped to listen to an ensemble of young girls
playing lovely music at the weekend farmer’s market.
their teacher said they were in the 8th grade
where everyone is asked
to contribute something to the community.
these girls chose to offer what they had to give –
their natural gift of music.
they had to organize the day
by asking permission to play somewhere
planning what to wear
being on time
remembering their music and instruments.
all of the money they earned
went to a local charity.
it was a beautiful lesson.
“music is the movement of sound
to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.”