Dear Viriditas Community,
I hope you are all having a wonderful summer with time to relax and enjoy family and friends. Truly, summertime is the perfect time to build community. Who are the people you feel close to, that you truly enjoy spending time with? Where and with whom do you find connection in your life?
For me, the Kutandara marimba community is becoming more and more important in my life. The big news is that our band Knob Mentality has a new name, an African name. We are now officially, Titandare! Titandare means: “We are having a good time!” in Shona which is a language spoken by a large percentage of people in Zimbabwe. Other countries that host Shona language speakers are Zambia, Botswana, and Mozambique.
On June 22nd our band Titandare! performed with four other Kutandara Center bands at the White Tail Park in Lafayette, CO. This was a Zimbabwean style performance. Whenever you showed up at the park is when you started playing. Everyone brought food and the music and merriment went on for hours and hours.
Now our band is getting geared up for our next performance on July 31st from 6:30-9:30 pm on the patio at the St. Julian & Spa hotel at 900 Walnut St. in Boulder, CO. Yours truly will be playing the lead on the song Kukaya Ya Rent. Bring your dancing shoes; this is not music that you listen to sitting down! Also the food and drink at the St. Julian are the best! The Kutandara Center is all about building community through music. (Can’t you see St. Hildegard smiling?!) Come to the St. Julian on July 31st and tap into the joy of community.
Another community that is very dear to my heart is the Tap Into Transformation community. Some folks come every month, some folks come a few times a year and some folks just come one time, only to pop in unannounced again many months down the road. David and I have been doing this event for almost two years, and we absolutely love it and all the people who have blessed us with their attendance. Thanks to all who sent in a Sharpette. It was so fun to see how many poets are among you! Here is one of my favorites that was sent in. Thanks Jim!
The Hush of One; the Goal of Love.
Like Endless Release into The Heart of God.
There were fifteen of us at the July 4th Tap Into Transformation. Check out this video to see some of the moves that David taught us. This was the most accomplished looking dance by the end, it looked so great! We had so much fun shooting across the dance floor. I think I speak for everyone who was there that night when I say I now know what it’s like to feel like a firework. Moe’s barbeque was a HUGE hit! This is the first time we had NO leftovers!
One community that David and I are looking forward to getting to know in a few months is the congregation of the Messiah Community Church in Denver, CO. Their pastor Wolfgang Stahlberg has invited David and me to do a St. Hildegard week at the church. Mark your calendars and spread the word! Here is the schedule of events:
Sat., Oct. 4th: Set up of the St. Hildegard exhibition: 2-4 pm, Vernissage: 5 pm to 7 pm
Sun.,Oct. 5th: St. Hildegard style Worship: 9:30 am, Coffee Fellowship: 10:30 am., Educational St. Hildegard time (part 1): 11:00 am.
Mon. Oct. 6th through Thursday, October 9th: St. Hildegard exhibition open to the public: 5-8 pm,
Tues., Oct. 15th: Educational St. Hildegard time (part 2): 7-9 pm
And now for you community of African music fans: last month’s video featured Angelique Kidjo singing her song We We. The language she was singing in was Fongbe, her native language and (drum roll) she is Beninese. Watching her live with David at Chautauqua I was so touched by her strength, beauty, humor, courage and her ability to include all of us that were there that night in the joy of her gifts. I had never seen an audience at Chautauqua dance. Angelique did not let us sit in our seats!
And now for this month’s video. Allow your heart to be warmed by watching this father/son duo. Again the first person to respond correctly to the following questions will get a small prize in the mail from me! Here are the two questions:
1.Where are these two beautiful men from?
2. What is the name of the instrument they are playing?
Finally, I want to conclude this newsletter with the gift of a poem for you. This poem is written by David Whyte, my favorite poet.
He was recently in Boulder, and David and I attended his day long event. I was in heaven. This is one of my favorite of his poems and speaks to the truth that community is everywhere around us, all the time. We just need to be awake to it and connect. Enjoy!
EVERYTHING IS WAITING FOR YOU
(after Derek Mahon)
Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
To come, the doors have always been there
To frighten you and invite you,
And the tiny speaker in the phone
Is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
The conversation. The kettle is singing
Even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
Have left their arrogant aloofness and
Seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.
Thanks for being part of my community!