String Beings – Sundays at 6:30 pm
There is in souls a sympathy with sounds: And as the mind is pitch’d the ear is pleased. With melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave; Some chord in unison with what we hear is touch’d within us, and the heart replies.~William Cowper
The more we learn about the science of sound and the affects of music in our lives, the more 18th century poets like Cowper sound prophetic. And the more we listen to our hearts beat, the stronger the urge becomes to pick up an instrument and explore our innate affections for tonal syncopations, tribal rhythms and created or recreated melodies. The calling can come at any stage in life. For my almost-two-year old, it started from the womb and grows with every instrument we place in front of her.
That’s just one of the reasons I’m so excited to bring back our weekly String Beings program starting the first Sunday in September (9/2) at 6:30pm. In this incarnation, String Beings will be an almagamous open classroom/jam session where the line between student and teacher gets lost in the mutual sharing and learning of string instruments. It’s basically our version of string theory, but instead of trying to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity, we seek to reconcile the vibration of stringed instruments with the resonance of our very being.
Led by Sitali Syolwe and (Soon to be official Artist in Bloom resident) Ella, we are still seeking folks to help lead violin, bass and cello. There will be a special effort to get young folks and seniors out, but all ages are welcome.
The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention: the need for rhythm in life… the need is a deep one, transcending thought, and disregarded at our peril. ~Richard Baker
Amen! And thanks to some generous guitar and bass donations (and a Rhodes, wow!), we’re able to provide our new house instruments for use by all. AND WE’RE STILL TAKING DONATIONS!
Until soon, keep BLOOMING.
John R. Chambers,Chief Executive Gardener