Wednesday, November 26, 2008

creative practice: thanksgiving

At times, it’s challenging to get to the focused place of creative practice when the world, both in large scale and in day to day life, seems to be calling for attention in so many ways,p ositive hopeful things, and difficult, hard ones both. Give the gift that only you can give. That idea makes a good center point. Though I’ve often had -- am having -- challenging times in making that work to make living, still it is what being an artist is about, and it is what other sorts of vocations are about too.

In the United States this week we celebrate Thanksgiving, a remembrance, among other things, of a time when communities and individuals cared for each other, and when, remembering that, a broken nation took a stand for hope.

Music is and has been and will be a way to connect, to create and to think about all these things. Especially at this Thanksgiving, I offer thanks to all the musicians you've met here, and those who help them out at home and along the road. I look forward to many more shared journeys.

for more on vocation, you may want to see Parker Palmer’s book
A Hidden Wholeness

and for music to go along with these ideas
Music Road: now playing: cathie ryan: the farthest wave

Music Road: now playing: Carrie Newcomer: The Geography of Light

Music Road: Dual: Julie Fowlis & Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

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