Guilford, Vt. at the meetinghouse where we met today and heard Gibran On Work:
You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.
For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life's procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.
When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.
Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?
Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.
But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,
And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,
And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret.
And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,
And all work is empty save when there is love;
And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.
And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,
And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.
Work is love made visible.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Here's me with Stefonius Monk at camp. And Stefonius with Greg and Jere Canote, wonderful folk and musicians. They are twins, creators of the Spinoplians and have now been telling us about "The Protocol" which is where they are super polite and positive with each other on jobs to create a good atmosphere instead of the ususal moaning and groaning. Nice.
1. So on our flight from Lady of the Lake camp in Idaho the flight attendant came up to me and asked if I was Terry Gross since someone on the flight thought I was. Who would I rather be?
2. Daniel Zwerdling from NPR has called our hospice singing leader Kathy Leo to do a spot on our group Hallowell. Will let y'all know when the interview happens and airs.
3. On our flight out to camp we met a guy who's father is in the band "The Association". At first I couldn't believe it was the same band I knew from my childhood until he said, "You know the songs 'Cherish', 'Along Comes Mary' and 'Windy'?" Wow. His father had died so he was filling in with three other of the original guys in the band. They still play in casinos and resorts.
4. Bill Frissell and Sam may get to play music together
5. Norah Jones came to Sam's concert in NY with Doveman.
OK, back from Sam's fantastic concert at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where the Boston Globe gave a great review; Sam on tour with Nico and Doveman just back from sold out shows in San Francisco and NYC (300!) among others and onto Montreal and Toronto. Very fun and interesting mix of stuff with all three playing for and inbetween each others musical amazements.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Where has the time gone? Two CDSS Family weeks (Pinewoods in Plymouth, MA and Ogontz in NH) and some recording in the studio, two trips to my parents in NJ and two to Monterey, MA to Peter's parents. Here we are at the parade at family week; we fly early tomorrow to Idaho to Lady of the Lake family week where Stefan will be on staff. I joined Facebook so that has taken me away from some blog time, but will catch up in a while. Hope all are having good end of the summers. Saw my first tree with leaves turning color today, goldenrod and berries all round.