It has been a music filled stretch of days.
Thursday was the final cabaret performance of T's high school show choir. T. accompanied four numbers, did a piano/voice solo dedicated to her dad, performed her own arrangement with two other kids, AND was a co-MC for the evening. One moment between numbers may have etched T in local memory, when she did a lengthy imitation of a whale. Interesting young woman, that T.
Friday, on a whim, J and I went to an event at a local music studio. I thought the owner might make a good subject for an article, and there was free food. At the end of the evening there was an impromptu jazz session. What an incredible thing, to watch a group of people communicate together through music - some of them didn't even know each other before that night. And still, somehow they read each other, passed solos around the room, and suddenly - BOOM! finished perfectly on the same beat. It's like magic to me.
Then last night was swing night at our high school. Several student jazz bands played in the gym, which was packed, with open dancing. It's nice to see high school kids dancing in a way that causes no controversy. Some of the contemporary dance styles have created a bit of stir around here. T did some dancing with her dad too, which is always fun to watch.
In a few hours I'll be playing my last Sunday service at the UU church for this year.
I continue to feel awed by the transformative nature of music. Strangers connect, shyness melts away, awkward expressions melt into smiles, bodies relax and sway. As for the performers, they achieve their highest goal when they transcend their physical selves, get lost in the music, become it, convey it into the soul of the listener and the dancer.