new music venue in Water Valley--just a short 20 minute drive away. Luke was playing, along with "world music trio" Agora and Kevin Guyer and the FMA R&B Revue.
Date night was on! We went down to Water Valley in time to eat at El Charrito's--our long time favorite Mexican restaurant for the last 13 years. We pulled into the parking lot, which was empty of cars, and so was the building. What? I know it has been a while since we have been here, but....but...
The show started at 7, and that rapidly narrowed our options. We drove down the street toward Sonic, when looming out of the evening twilight was a new, and larger, El Charrito's! Mmmm...tacos al carbon for me. While we were paying out, Rand asked, "So, when did you all move?" Cinco de Mayo was our grand opening. Okay, so it really has not been that long since we were there.
Old School Theater is located in the old 1949 Administration Building of the former Jeff Davis School. I knew the theater was in the area of the former school, but the address had identified it as in the Melon Vine Marketplace, and the photograph with the long porch across the front of the building meant it looked a lot different from the last time I was there, photographing the old National Youth Administration constructed vocational building that sat behind the school. On walking in, there was no mistaking the auditorium directly in front of us. Even prior to the show, I was sold, because someone saw the important of preservation and re-use of buildings lots of folks would just as soon demolish for a quickie pre-fab with a fake veneer.
The new music venue is the work of Foster Music Arts, and an effort to promote regional music in the Water Valley area. Opening was the very talented songwriter/singer, Luke Fisher. If you have never heard Luke in a venue with good acoustics, and people listening to music rather than talking loudly, you have never heard Luke.
Agora--Acoustic World Music Trio features Andres Diaz, Amy Fisher, and Ricky Burkhead. Andres Diaz has the most amazing voice and sings in Spanish, Portuguese, English, and French. I was literally dancing in my seat.
The last set of the evening was Kevin Guyer and the FMA R&B Revue, a group local musicians who actually played together in performance for the first time last night--although they had rehearsed previously. Guyer and Bays play in the linked video, but you really needed to be there for the stage full of musicians. After a little bit of everything rock, blues, and soul thrown in, the entire cast of the evening closed out the show featuring Luke rocking out on electric guitar and singing lead vocals.
I have to say that I have not left any event in a long time with the sense of joy, uplift, and downright pleasure and peace as I did leaving that old school auditorium last night. I will be at the next show. I'm gonna get my funk on again.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Musings of an Artist's Wife, wrote that the evolution of the blue dog was:
...not some overnight epiphany...metamorphosis was slow.I think that is true of so many of our best ideas and visions--it evolves as we evolve in our understanding and purpose.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Some things have been steadfast throughout the process, and I prefer to think that one of those is my desire to understand and to learn, and then to use that understanding to make a difference where ever that opportunity might present itself. I know that I know things from my experience, knowledge, and training about what it takes to be effective in this work. I also know that I need to set that knowing aside, and just hear what the person in front of me is saying about what she needs to move forward, while at the same time, providing enough support and challenge for the person to learn and grow.
It is a tough challenge. I am fortunate to be working with 2 colleagues in researching this skill, need, ability, process, in hope of furthering that understanding for what we need to do to develop this capacity in our students.
Sometimes, the helpful philosophy of my dogs (or on occasion, my cats, but cats are way less philosophical than dogs are--just totally pragmatic most of the time in my opinion) helps to center me.
Let me think about that for a minute....no, I see no need to go there right now.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Who tends these little pots of herbs on the balcony of 24 No. 3rd Street? What sorts of foods are flavored with snips of the basil, oregano, and rosemary seeking sun light on a street shadowed with tall buildings from the 1800s?
The "Hulick Mansion" was built in 1885 in Second Empire Style for Derrick Hulick, partner in the wholesale grocery company of Drake & Hulick. It is part of the downtown historic district of Easton, Pennsylvania.