In the nearly 3 weeks that the guys of Tidal Waves have been here so much has happened...conversations, laughs, music...we are laughingly calling our home the Tidal Waves US Headquarters. They play once more in town and then are off next week for South Africa.
I came across this video a few weeks ago and I can't get it out of my head...
keep thinking about whose image i would want to share and what i could do to inspire others as he has me. last week my daughter and i watched the Rosa Parks movie, followed a few days later by a conversation with some of the members of Tidal Waves about apartheid and the black rights movement in the south. all that i keep thinking is that we are all the same, we are all the same...not really sure what to do with that right now, so just sitting with it.
We currently have 5 members of the reggae band Tidal Waves staying with us. They are here for SXSW as well as doing some traveling around the south for shows. After the kids got home from school the other day one of the members, Jacob, was talking to my daughter about her recorder that she's learning to play in school this year. Jacob and Charlie began to play the recorders, and I pulled out our little basket of instruments the kids play with, as well as what we already had out like the drums and keyboard, and soon the other members of the band were joining in. We had drums and keyboards and singing and djembe and bongos (little kids ones) and recorders and flute and guitar and harmonica and lap harp. It was amazing to watch this all evolve and change as they moved from instrument to instrument and laughed and worked with each other to get another beat going. Jacob (who has 3 kids of his own and a ton of patience), worked with my daughter to teach her a basic reggae beat on the keyboard. My 5 year old joined in with the flute some, and my oldest guy got some drumming lessons. This is a memory we will never forget.
Okay, so my phone takes crummy photos, but hey, I got me and Simon Le Bon in the same shot, something i would have never imagined when I was 12 years old and ogling over any image I could get my hands on of Duran Duran .
SXSW started last night and when I heard Duran Duran was going to be playing I thought we had to at least give it a shot to get in. When we got to Stubb's, the line of badge holders went down the street and around the corner. Badges trump our wristbands, so I was happy with listening to a few songs in the street. Ended up finding a nice little cubby hole to watch from the side of the stage, much better than what we would have seen if we had gotten in to the concert.
So, just to help you all out with the photo, my face is down in the bottom right corner and Simon is straight thru the middle...the blur with the microphone. At the end, I got to run in and see them all there together taking their bows.
Feel like I haven't been around here much lately. Been busy with misc things like laundry...and more fun things like checking out my amazing muses on flickr, getting ready for Tidal Waves (lots of remodeling progress!!) and attending many baseball games.
I've also got a lot of things brewing in my mind. You know...when there's a lot coming in and you're not really sure what to do with it all. I'm learning to just sit with it all and not try to force it to be sorted out. It's a new feeling for me, and I kinda like it.
I have 5 amazing people in my life, 4 under the age of 11. Every day I learn something new from them all. In the midst of homework, diapers and laundry, I am working to get my creative mojo back, one step at a time.