I went to the Folkscene Radio Show Party (www.folkscene.com) on Saturday night. I’ve been to most of them over the past few decades, if I’m not on the road and this one was especially bittersweet. Folkscene is a radio show on public radio that has celebrated all aspects of acoustic music for decades.
It was started by Howard and Roz Larman in the early 1970's and even though Howard has passed on, Roz has continued the show on her own and both the show and Roz are rightfully celebrated at this point.
Several of my friends were absent because of being on the road and several had passed on and I felt their absence.
But I did see many old friends and I made some new ones, as well as securing a gig or two for down the road.
It was pot luck and everyone brought something they had prepared or picked up. I prepared a very spicy Biryani that was gobbled right up, even though it was pretty hot.
After we all chowed down and found the libation of choice, we set to making music. And we made it til about one in the morning, when I left.
And the people making the music were at every level and everyone felt welcomed, from the remarkable Laurence Juber (www.laurencejuber.com) to the newest neophyte.
There were several song circles going on in various rooms and we just floated from one to the other. Very fun to be in the midst of such a nurturing community of musical humans.
And that’s what I want to recommend to you today.
It is nurturing, instructive and necessary to have a support group of people around you with similar artist interests and at all the levels of expertise or inexpertise. You learn something from everyone.
And you hear music that you’ll hear no where else. All of this will go into your heart and mind and come out later filtered by your experience and your creative gifts.
Seek out an artistic community in your area and here’s the thing. If you can’t find one, then start one. Put ads in the penny saver; put cards up at the super market; check out the local colleges; there are definitely interesting and artistic people where you are.
Go find them. Interact and connect and share and you’ll be amazed at how good it feels.