Music – Filling the Well

September & October 2013

In Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, she talks about ‘filling the well’, an essential part of nurturing the creative spirit. So, I thought I’d share with you some of the music events I’ve been to over the last few months that have inspired me. Some we had planned to get along to, others were serendipitous….

House Concert, Boston MA – Daniel Berkman and Artemis

House concerts are a great opportunity to experience music in a more intimate environment. As well as the music, the discussions with the musicians are meaningful and it somehow seems to change the dynamic of stage/audience into something more fluid. We were lucky enough to see perform Daniel Berkman and Artemis 

Club Passim – Tim Eriksen and the Trio de Pumpkintown 

Club Passim in Harvard Square has a vegetarian cafe, is teeming with folk/roots performances, and has it’s own music school too! We went to see Tim Eriksen and the Trio de Pumpkintown which felt like a good introduction to the traditional music of New England – a combination of folk tunes, sacred harp style close-harmony singing, and a fair amount of humour thrown in too.

Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC – CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band

We were fortunate enough to stumble across a free performance by CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band whilst at the Museum of the American Indian in Washington. Everyone got up and danced. At one point a young man with Down’s Syndrome was invited up onto the stage to play the washboard. An incredibly celebratory hour of music and dancing.
Bean Town Jazz Festival, Boston – Matt Savage and Bobby Watson
At Bean Town jazz festival we heard Matt Savage and Bobby Watson, among others – a great atmosphere, perfect weather, and music encompassing jazz, blues, gospel, funk and RnB. Three hours never went so quickly.
House Concert, Middleton Cheney UK – Adam Wedd
My brother-in-law Gareth organised a house concert as part of a housewarming party – and lucky for me it coincided with my visit back to the UK. Adam Wedd was performing a set of songs, including music from his EP. Inspiring evening – I’m particularly struck by the song Built to Shine .
Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton UK – Harpsichord Concert
I was hopelessly jetlagged, so at first the idea of going and sitting in a church with no heating listening to harpsichord music was unappealing. However, the instrument itself was beautiful, the precision and joy that Paul Bambrough played with was infectious, and the range of timbres that emerged from the instrument shattered my belief that the harpsichord could only make one kind of sound. Paul also played two recent compositions – hearing an atonal serialist piece on the harpsichord was scintillating.

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