I love the way performance can bring circles of friends closer, stretch out understanding , create community and expose and resolve conflict. It’s a process of transformation inside and out that I always want everyone to join in with.
Despite my moanier tendencies I do love Music, singing, dancing, playing and celebrating much more than being a grumblefuck. Some people might say “prancing about?! That’s a bit gay” and that would be because they are insecure about their sexuality. There’s no point in being insecure though, the point is to get together and enjoy life, it’s total childsplay.
Sensuality, songs and sillyness, stillness and movement form a big part of my understanding of play. And now for some thoughts on hugs. Big ones are better than small ones. Size IS everything. Length. Very important. People often pat me on the back during a hug. Am I a small child with difficulty breathing? No. Next time someone does this to me I will mention this. Then there’s the “I’m more masculine than you” style, bear hug, which is another way of avoiding intimacy. We are scared of intimacy. I’m not sure why. Presumably because I’m scared someone might say “that’s a bit gay”. But who is it that says that though? Someone who can’t hide the fact they want to bum you I suppose. No point being scared. Hugs are important, not simply because they are calming and enjoyable but because they create a sense of family. I think it’s important to embrace a sense of family far beyond my biological parents to enjoy the sensation of feeling loved. I think that if I were “in touch” with people more often I would feel more loved and more in touch with the world.
I love you.
Argh! I said it!
Don’t worry though, I don’t mean it in a bleeding Jesus-y way ( unless that’s your thing ).
“All you need is Love” – John Lennon
Were you high when you wrote this though John? ”All you need is drugs” my friend was singing at one of our house parties. Is that funny or tragic? That depends…. The media is a powerful influence that’s all I want to say just now.
I’ve played with a broad range of different folk from grass roots community groups to bands signed to big labels from folk to reggae to grunge to rock to comedy to hip hop. When I big myself up like this it’s to cover up my insecurities about not having done enough with my life but that’s beside the point. The nomadic academy of fools are the group I’ve been working with over the past six years and a hugely positive influence in my attitude to performing and way of seeing the world as a whole. Fooling is a holistic approach to performing meaning it takes into account the whole person rather than just looking at one particular skill a person has and what that means I can get out of them. That selfish way of seeing people is more “a-holistic”. I’m still “a-hole”istic but I am learning to pull my head out of my bum to let you see the light that shines within. This is what “The Cabaretness”, my solo show ( very much with you ) is about.
Everyone can play
Contrary to popular belief everyone is a musician, everyone is an artist, whether they realise it or not. Anyone can be a performer, an artist, a musician, clap hands, move feet, make beats good times rhythms and rhymes make a melody one way or another and those that don’t want to or have no arms or feet are still equally a part of the creative process because they are the inspiration for the sounds. Ancient tribes people have understood this long before any of us could even say “that guy needs a wash”.
Dmm dmm dat da dmmm dmm dat…. Audience and performer are all on the same bandwagon. I think people who don’t believe this are too tied up with a mindless attitude to money. Thinking too much can be a problem though. Be free. Life is richer this way.
Oh dear. it appears I’m more spiritual than you. I’m really just a person writing something on a website trying to sound interesting.
“compensating for something huh?!” Shut up inner voice of sinicism!
I’m a person who tries to live light, I talk a lot about the ills of a world dominated by overconsumption in-between munching many mouthfuls of chocolate fudge cake. Mmmmnn…
I think it’s useful to be able to look inwards. Not at cake but at body and mind ( or “bodymind” as the shaolin master says ). Self realisation and all that non-sense. Yoga, buddhism, tantra and fooling are good mates of mine in this way. It’s not good to look inwards for too long though, if you read “the power of now” at the bus stop for too long you might miss the bus. This kind of thing has been happening to me. Anyway…
The Future! I feel that most of the answers to the problems in our not so distant future are already there in the past. Mostly I’m talking about the mountains of shit we mass produce that we never used to. There you have it. The future is a funky kind of retro ( with the odd futuristic shiny thing. Awww yeah! ).