I couldn’t give him an articulate answer. I just really wanted to.
About a month ago, when Cecily Miller, Arlington Public Art’s Curator, told me there was a launch Oct. 16th for the new art installations in 5 bus kiosks near my house, I blurted out “Can I play in one of them? Pleeeeeeze??”
But this morning around 7AM, when my friend asked me why I was doing it, I thought … “Hmmm … why AM I doing this?”
Well, 5 hours later. I know the answer. Hundreds of answers, in every one of the smiles and waves I got from drivers, pedestrians, policemen, bike riders, bus riders, neighbors, strangers – and even dogs. Each one, reason enough for all the years of collaborating on the developing this instrument, practicing ’til my fingers blistered, and inventing the harness that let’s me wear like it’s part of my body.
Here are just five of those reasons:
1. Bus Drivers
3. The glory of singing out loud outside
4. PediCab driver, Jay
5. Because I CAN!
3 weeks ago, I wouldn’t have been able to power my amp, but cycle-enthusiast Dave Enos set me up with a portable battery 3 weeks ago when he and I rode the 12-mile Minute-man bike-path on the #HarpBike. Read about that HERE.
This morning I had a niggling thought, tickling my brain. It really had to do with how my friend asked the question about why I was doing this. I wondered if maybe it was an exercise in undervaluing myself as a performer.
What I discovered was that what I’d undervalued was the bus shelter — as a place of joyous creative connection.
How about you? What was the last place you didn’t expect to experience art … and were?
this is so great!
DHC, Jon and I love the next to last picture of you. It says so much about the joy of music and your creativity and aliveness! We want to print it and frame it! We love you! Kathleen Wiley and Jon Singleton
But of course, Kathleen!!! And when you do, send me a picture of where you hang it! (all credit for that photo to Dana Sussman who snapped that photo – AND made a sour cherry pie from my cherries and gave it to me for Thanksgiving!)
Thanks so much for your comment Kathleen and Jon!!
What amazing fun! Thank you so much for sharing all of this joy with us!
P.S. I can’t wait to see the video from the #HarpBike ride in Oct 2018.