And Dancing Flowers
for rain today was not fulfilled. This meant I was out taking pictures
for most of the day. I would come in looking at the pictures that I
took, think that there might be better light in an hour, go back out
shoot the same shot again looking for what was missing in the previous
It was windy.
The flowers were dancing. Now that I think of it, I probably should’ve
set up a video camera, but I think at that time my mind was more focused
on being ready on time for the band to play at eight.
I kept being
drawn outside to watch the flowers. To experience their altered states
as the wind, shadows and light became their dancing partners.
Wild or domesticated,
they were bursting with colorful, vibrant joy. Whether I was looking at
the tiniest spots of color on the ground or the blazing bright roses on
the bushes, I was mesmerized by the life surrounding me on this breezy,
I took many
pictures of this iris, (above), as it was tossed about by the gusting
wind. I got a few that I thought were particularly good and it was hard
deciding which ones to post here.
record my band when we played tonight, and that turned out to be
exactly right for me because I played for the moment and not the
recording. I love to experience that immersion into the now. Letting go
of all concerns except the joy of being the music. There were no
clunkers played by anybody in the band on any of the songs we played,
(well maybe one or two), and all who were there seemed to enjoy the
hand my camera to anyone to take our pictures as we played, but that
turned out to be the right thing. I didn’t play to the camera and the
pictures it might be taking. I played and sang to experience the joy of
I did notice
a lot of cameras and the occasional iPad taking pictures and video of
us, but it wasn’t a distraction because I didn’t think about what the
results might look like later, on my computer.
real happy with the way the music turned out. We had two guitars,
keyboard, tenor sax, bass and drums. The sax player, Darrell, sounded
the best I think I’ve ever heard him play. Keyboard player, Rick Larsen
seem to be sharing my experience and contributed to the overall sound
with precision and feeling.
Pappenheim was our drummer for the whole show. Initially I was just
going to feature her on 5 songs, but the other drummer couldn’t make it,
and I asked her if she could play for an hour. She did really well and
the crowd was pleased by her solid beat and interaction with the other
Rabinowitz is becoming an awesome, and entertaining bass player. He
seemed locked into the way I wanted the music to go, and naturally added
support when I would put additional energy into the singing.
some well thought out guitar solos that added a lot to the homogenous
sound that we all were crafting together. I think everyone in the band
and in the room were aware of participating in a very special musical
moment. It was a lot of fun.