Category Archives: Music

Downtown ArtWalk and Poetry Slam

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Yesterday, my town held their downtown ArtWalk. It is an event where local artist display their work around the town square along with interactive displays and music. There was also a Poetry Slam, which is of special interest to me.

Due to the cold weather, the temperatures were at or just below freezing all day, all the artists were moved indoor into various venues and establishments to make it a warmer event. Luckily, we didn’t get any precipitation to speak of so we didn’t have to deal with ice or snow.

Considering the cold, the turnout was better than I had expected. Living in my part of Texas, we don’t get a lot of cold weather and residents aren’t used to it. That said, a lot of locals came out for the fun.

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It was a wonderful chance to see many of my friends who were exhibiting their work and to meet new friends and talk to them about their art.

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After a couple of hours, the Poetry Slam was held in the Main Street Art Gallery which was a central point for all of the activities. Five poets read, including myself, and it was a nice mix of styles and performance. It is always interesting to me to not only hear what other poets have written but to see their performance styles. My hope is that as more of these events are held, more poets will come out to read.

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Every time I am given the opportunity to participate and experience these types of events, I see it as a positive sign that our town is moving in the direction I and many others would like to see. That of a varied and vibrant city with Arts, and Music, and Theater, and all the things that make like so beautiful!

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Thanks and All That Comes With Life

On this eve of Thanksgiving, I am reflecting on where I’m at in my life, not so much physically although that does figure into it, but more emotionally and spiritually.

I feel fairly secure in my being at this stage of my life although I sense there is something more, something just ahead. Is that a longing for the next stage in my evolution? Or more a disatisfaction with where I currently reside metaphysically?

I think I’ll let that one go for another day.

I haven’t written anything lately, or more properly, I haven’t finished anything recently. I started a few pieces but have been unable to complete them. Or at least they somehow feel incomplete. And that’s what really matters anyway.

I also realized that I haven’t played any of my guitars in at least a month or so; a rare occurence for me. Could this be related? Hmm..

I do have an event coming up soon that I am very excited about. Our city is holding a downtown Art Walk where various artists are able to exhibit their works. Along with what will undoubtably be a visual feast will be music and a poetry slam. Of which I am planning to participate. I think I’ve settled on which pieces I will read but I tend to go with feel often and my choices could change. I am also signed up to volunteer to help in assisting and setup for the event, along with my oldest daughter and my son, which is very exciting in itself. Updates after the event.

Until then…


Art and The Future Looks Bright

Tonight was a special event for me. I attended a local Art gallery for an opening of a new exhibit called ‘Flight’. It was special to me for several reasons.

The number one reason this evening was special for me was that I had asked my fourteen year old son if he would like to go with me. He said yes, although I could tell it was with a bit of trepidation. However after the event, when I asked him his opinion, I could tell he really enjoyed the opening. I knew he felt a little out of place as most of the crowd was in their 30s and older, but he truly was interested in the art. This is big for me since there have been limited opportunities in the past, in our town, for exposure to what I consider ‘culture’ to both young and old alike and it is important to me to expose my son to, what were at one time considered, the Liberal Arts. Thankfully that is starting to change.

And that is the second reason tonight was so special. I am beginning to see a sea change in our town. I was talking to a friend the other day and he, and some people he is associated with, are sensing a ‘critical mass’ in regards to Art, Music, and Culture in our town. I have discovered that there are many people working toward promoting a thriving Artist community in our town and I believe the time is right. We are going to make this happen.

The future is bright and it couldn’t have come at a better time.


Wednesday Morning and I Feel Fine

I went to a local event last night held weekly in our city.

It is called Keep It Local Tuesday. There are a group of us that choose a local Mom & Pop establishment and we meet there for food, conversation, and all around fun. It is a good way to stay connected and to give support to small local business. I had a very good time and, as always, saw some friends I knew and made some new friends.

In the blogging world, or at least in my little part of it, I’ve posted a new poem, Thirteen, and also put up a couple of new videos that I really like. Check them out here.

Until next time.


Wine, Music, and Sunshine

I went to my first wine festival today.

A local winery, Kiepersol Estates, held their annual wine festival and grape stomp today and a friend and I attended. The weather was decent, a little on the chilly side early on, but the sun was out and it was a beautiful day. Having never been to an event like this, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was not disappointed.

There was music, there was wine tasting, and there was a tour of the facilities. If you’ve never been to one of these, you should find one and go.

Wine, music, and sunshine.

I love my life!


Friday Night Update

I’ve added at least one new link to Blogs I Follow. Check out my friend Noah’s site, On The Slipdown. He’s an interesting guy.

And I’ve added an old favorite to Listen To This. It’s one of those I continually come back to because I love it so much. It never fails to move me.

I’ve also added a new poem named Salvation. I’m not quite sure what to make of this one yet. It came in a rush and I’m sure it is trying to say something to me. I’m just still trying to work it out.

Now I’m off to see some friends play their music at a local venue. Till we meet again.

Namaste’


Artists Nation Presents: Live art & Poetry Slam

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Saturday night I was honored to be invited and to participate in a Live Art & Poetry Slam presented by Artists Nation.

What is a Live Art & Poetry Slam, you ask?

It was an amazing event featuring painting, music, & poetry, not to mention great food at a local eatery ‘What About Kabob’. Several local artists were painting ‘What About Kabob’ while enjoying the event. Later, Tyler’s first Poetry Slam kicked off with poets taking the stage to perform and share their poetry. Reakt!on. pleased the crowd with his unique sounds and there was also an amazing fire dance after dark.

The painting was awesome and the people were wonderful. Several of our local artists collaborated on what become some beautiful work.
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Later on began the Poetry Slam. I had never been to a Poetry Slam before although I had read at what were called Poetry Readings about 20-30 years ago. It was exciting! It was fun! There was a good amount of participation from young to old.

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I had a wonderful time and I could tell everyone else did as well. If you ever get a chance to go to one of these or to participate, do it! You will love it!
Word is there will be another held in October. Can’t wait!

Click on over to this page to see more photos and videos.

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