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art. Why? Well, in a place where people are only focused on survival, on the bare necessities, the obvious conclusion is that art must be, somehow, essential for life. The camps were without money, without hope, without commerce, without recreation, without basic respect, but they were not without art. Art is part of survival; art is part of the human spirit, an unquenchable expression of who we are. Art is one of the ways in which we say, "I am alive, and my life has meaning."
I was playing with a very dear friend of mine who is a violinist. We began, as we often do, with Aaron Copland's Sonata, which was written during World War II and dedicated to a young friend of Copland's, a young pilot who was shot down during the war. Now we often talk to our audiences about the pieces we are going to play rather than providing them with written program notes. But in this case, because we began the concert with this piece, we decided to talk about the piece later in the program and to just come out and play the music without explanation.
Remember the Greeks: music is the study of invisible relationships between internal objects. This concert in Fargo was the most important work I have ever done. For me to play for this old soldier and help him connect, somehow, with Aaron Copland, and to connect their memories of their lost friends, to help him remember and mourn his friend, this is my work. This is why music matters.
"If we were a medical school, and you were here as a med student practicing
appendectomies, you'd take your work very seriously because you would imagine
that some night at two AM someone is going to waltz into your emergency room and
you're going to have to save their life. Well, my friends, someday at 8 PM someone is going to walk into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed, a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend partly on how well you do your craft.
Frankly, ladies and gentlemen, I expect you not only to master music; I expect you to save the planet. If there is a future wave of wellness on this planet, of harmony, of peace, of an end to war, of mutual understanding, of equality, of fairness, I don't expect it will come from a government, a military force or a corporation. I no longer even expect it to come from the religions of the world, which together seem to have brought us as much war as they have peace. If there is a future of peace for humankind, if there is to be an understanding of how these invisible, internal things should fit together, I expect it will come from the artists, because that's what we do. As in the concentration camp and the evening of 9/11, the artists are the ones who might be able to help us with our internal, invisible lives."
There will be more about the folk festival in a week or so - we've got a little bit of business to take care of coming up this week. On Friday, April 24th, Halfway Home will be performing for the Westerville Fourth Friday event. We'll be at the corner of State and Home Street. That's pretty much at the north end of downtown Westerville. There's plenty of free parking in lots behind buildings on the west side of State Street.
We have seen other folks play at this location for past events. The sponsors put out some tables and folding chairs, and the stage is actually just a chunk of parking lot there on the corner. There are lots of shops and food vendors up and down State s Street - in other words, plenty of reasons to show up for this event, and maybe give Halfway Home a listen.
We will be playing some new stuff, and some old favorites, and in general getting used to playing music outside again. When you're dealing with an event like this the most critical factor is the weather. Maybe if you've got a goat out in the back shed that you're not using anymore, you can get some friends together and sacrifice it to appease the weather gods. We'd sure appreciate it, and the Downtown Westerville folks will be happy with you too.
Music starts @ 6:00 and ends at 9:00 - come out and buy a bag of popcorn, or some cotton candy - and then ask Brian if you can hold his guitar. It'll be fun!!!
See you soon,
Patti, Renilda, Mike, Pat & Brian
This weekend marks the 6th annual Ashville Viking Fest in the Ashville Village Park on Walnut St.
If you have not been here before I guarantee you it is worth the trip. We feature entertainment, re enactors, merchants, great food and loads of fun, Here are some examples
We bring in a 40 ft replica Viking Ship that we sail on the Scioto River in Columbus on Friday
This year we feature Live Jousting Demonstrations (REAL HORSES, REAL KNIGHTS IN ARMOR !)
We have Camel rides (who else has camel rides?)
We are presenting the North American premiere of a documentary about Viking Life on Saturday night
We have musicians, magicians, belly dancers, actors, jugglers, sea shanty singers and much more
We have lots of reenactors demonstrating everything for battle techniques to wire weaving and leather work.
We have over 40 merchants selling tons of great stuff!
We have great food: TURKEY LEGS, BREAD BOWL SOUPS, BRATS, PORK CHOPS, CHICKEN TENDERS, SANDWICHES. (OUR FESTIVAL HAS A REPUTATION FOR VERY HIGH QUALITY FOOD!)
Best of All; ADMISSION IS FREE!!! (please bring a can good for the food pantry if you wish)
You can't beat the fun at this place. We are very family friendly so bring all the kids and have a great time in Ashville
Saturday and Sunday 10 am- 5 pm April 25 and 26
Please check out http://www.ashvillevikingfest.com/ for more details
Stop and see me in the food hall (shelter house)
Hope to see you there