Real Music by Real People for Real People: Radical Self Care

Real Music by Real People for Real People: Radical Self Care

I am behind in sharing my self care activities but I have been managing to do something significant for my own care each day. Last Monday I treated myself to the spring concert of the Latin Jazz Ensemble, lead by Michael Spiro & Wayne Wallace and preformed by the talented students of the Jacobs School of Music. It is a free concert which was held at the Buskirk Chumley Theatre and which is part of the students semester. It is mind boggling that a group of undergraduate students can be together for only part of a semester and pull off such a tight and fluid performance. These students are so talented and their directors ( who were nominated for Grammys this year) seem to know how to make them shine. As Michael Spiro kept saying, ” This is real music by real people for real people.” My daughter had to dance right away and I felt I must join her… and soon the whole floor was filled. I love the interplay of musicians and dancers and how they carry each other along. Seeing these young students perform like seasoned artists is so inspiring! Watching the dancers move feels so hopeful and fun. That hour of free music was priceless for what is gave me. We are lucky to live in a town with the number one music school in the nation… it means we have lots of opportunities to see live and really good music. For me live music is one of the best reasons to be alive! It reminds me that we can make beautiful experiences together. What was your shot in the arm of joy and positivity? What made you feel happy to be alive?