There are several poetic things about this video and this performance which I had the good fortune to capture on the east side express trains recently:
The rhythm is so perfectly correspondent to the pace and vigor of the moving train.
The young boy standing near the two drummers was moving with them from car to car and although you can’t see it when I capture his face in this video, he studied them -every gesture, every word, every glance- for almost the entire time they played. Clearly oral tradition and truly tactile and functional learning is alive and well. It is being passed from one generation to the next with both humility and pride.
What a spontaneous celebration!
Of more particular interest to me is the unaffected woman in the distance who continues to read her Kindle while trying actively to remain unaffected by the unavoidable visceral addiction being displayed in front of her.
Blessed be this miracle.
It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised; the mosquito is swatted.”
Everyone must read THIS ARTICLE by Tyler Ward.
Busy is a state of mind, and not a state of being. Those who are really —that— busy don’t have time to talk about how “busy” they are. And I’m also tired of people imposing the “I know how busy you are” caption on me. I will tell you if I want to or don’t want to do something - or if I can or can’t for that matter. But I won’t mask what I want to do and don’t want to do with the “busy” excuse.
On another related note, I’d like to point out that the comments “You look tired” or “You don’t look so well” are not a complimentary comments or those of real concern or support. They simply draw attention to the commenter’s perception-based opinion of me based on how I physically appear to them. There are lots of things that can affect my physical appearance or my mood - I could be tired, yes. But I might alternatively be distracted, or composing music in my head, or planning my next project, or freezing cold (hello, east coast winter!), or I’ve just done a full month of concerts, or I’m mad at someone, or someone is mad at me, or any number of other things. Any of these could affect my physical appearance and have nothing to do with my level of tiredness or my general state of health.
I definitely think that those who make a big deal about “being so busy” all the time are hungry for approval, attention, accolades, gold stars, however you want to put it.
In the words of the songwriter Des’ree:
"The wise man is clever, seldom ever speaks a word. The foolish man keeps talking. Never is he heard."
That’s my cue to end this and get back to my life.