Monday, September 8, 2008

folks makin music

That's what folk music is...

I spent a wonderful weekend in Sisters, OR at the folk music festival. Saw many cool acts, none I've ever seen before.

The one act that left a very strong impression on me was Joe Craven. Joe spends his time at these festivals teaching ordinary folks how to create music. In his act he uses the simplicities of a recording device that can record loops of sounds, he also used pots and pans, etc. as instruments. I never saw Joe before or went to any of the music writing workshops, but what he said at the end of his act truly has inspired me.

I'm paraphrasing since I never wrote any of this down yesterday:

"We all have a story to tell, and we can only do it our way, not anyone elses. The more we suppress letting who we are to shine, the more we die. Whatever art you feel is inside you needs a way to come out, pick it up for 10 mins a day. The world will be a much better and happier place."

I played my saxophone today for the first time in a month or so...for at least 15 minutes!


And the memories of that beautiful sunset as I was cresting 4800' Santiam Pass on Friday and blue sky...white trunked burnt out forest...crescent moon on horizon.

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Erik LaSeur
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