creative practice: friendship
Friendship, or lack of it, often comes into play in Irish and Scottish music. Sometimes that’s in the form of an emigrant missing home, or those friends left at home saying good by; at other times it’s in the form of one giving the other advice -- good or bad, as the song unfolds -- and at others it’s a friendship that turns into love.
Friendship is a balance point in the lives of those who make music too. The creation of music requires solitude, and silence, and being alone with yourself. Sharing music is done in company, and the music itself sometimes changes with that. Not everyone who listens to a song will become a friend of the song writer, nor should they. There is a connection there, though, and a good distance, as well. Each comes to the song from a different place
In the connection and safety of true friendship, something that lasts beyond the length of a song, there is space where each person can be who he or she really is and be accepted at best and at worst. There is a saying in Irish: The heart of a true friend makes a good mirror - Déanan croí fíor cara scáthán maith. The heart knows its own home. That’s a fair space from which to create, too.
music to go along with these ideas
Music Road: eddi reader, willie stewart, and the search for haggis
Music Road: creative practice: autumn to winter
Music Road: cathie ryan: the farthest wave