The first undertaking was A Songwriters Music Festival which took place yesterday where I live in Southern Ontario. We featured Canadian artists from the Atlantic coast and several from Ontario. The theatre was sold out to lovers of song and supporters of the arts. The local community stood behind us in droves to help us pull off this event. If we’re lucky, we broke even, but the effort behind the event helped materialize this coming together of passion for something other than material gain. It was a passion for sharing, for telling stories, for supporting and mentoring the developing artist, and giving back in a way that will keep this type of event alive in an industry that is declining in many ways.
The best part of the evening for me was giving budding young adult performers a chance to be part of something great. When the show ended, people filled the lobby and chose to just stay and chat for a long time, not wanting to leave the atmosphere of community and creativity.
Thank You to everyone who attended and supported the festival and especially to those who shared their talents in such a generous way.
As I was leaving the theatre, I decided to take a drive north above the light line, to take a quick peek at the winter sky and to hear the silence of the night. I live fairly close to nature so it was not a long drive. I parked my car and turned off the engine, and just as I did, a coyote came out from the shelter of the trees and stood there for a while assessing whether I was a threat. After a minute or so she invited the rest of her crew to come out and play.
It was a perfect ending to a magical evening of sharing and creativity, and a confirmation that while we do need to take care of the earth, the most important thing is to take care of ourselves and each other, and when we do that, we then care enough to take care of the planet. It is through feeling loved and alive that we can truly celebrate the graces of life on earth.
I am wishing you a week of creative graces – may Fair Lady Wonder twist your journey in such a way that everything seems as remarkable as it truly is.