listening to the sounds of summer

I’m fighting off some stomach bug or other so I’m laying low today, just resting and letting my body take care of itself. And I must admit, I kinda don’t mind not being able to do much right now. The last two days were unusually hot and humid… temperatures were in the low 30s (celcius, that is) and the humidity was high enough that the weather people were telling us if really felt like 38 (and why they just don’t say it’s 38 instead of saying “it feels like” is a mystery to me!).

The temps finally dropped down to a more reasonable 26 today. Everyone is outside, and I am just loving the sounds of summer out my window…

1 Leaves rustling in the breeze

2 birdsong (probably singing to celebrate the passing of the heat wave!)

3 the spraying of a waterhose

4 hammering nails (someone is building something! a deck?)

4 kids playing

5 the whizzzzz of bikes flying by

6 neighbours greeting one another

7 someone somewhere is practicing scales on a piano

8 someone else is tuning a guitar

9 and yet another someone is playing a flute! I hope they all three start to play together!

10 and the occasional blast of music as someone drives by with volume turned waaayyyyy up!

It’s summer. And I love it!

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Another one for the collaboration collection

Another form of collaboration to add to my collection: David Byrne does great stuff. I especially love that they used a brass ensemble as the core band for this collaboration (I played trombone waaaay back when and still really enjoy the sound). I also appreciate Byrne’s reflections on the reasons why we collaborate, which as he describes it, comes from the restriction of  your own freedom to engage in unlimited exploration and the responsibility for coming up with all aspects of a creative endeavour on your own, which may sound limiting, but it’s kind of a Miltonian freedom within constraints notion- working through a creative enterprise with others curtails your own explorations but also opens you up to avenues others bring to the table, avenues you might not have thought about otherwise. The result is something Bryne describes as “some kind of endorphin equivalent that is a kind of creative high.”

And we, the listeners, get to share that.

Byrne ends his post with some truly interesting questions about whether or not there’s a form of collaboration even when someone creates something without involving other people. His thinking is that even when we work alone, we’re engaged in a process that involves an iterative process that at various stages taps into various different aspects of our owns selves, which he suggests is also a form of collaboration. I love, love, love this idea.

This article, one of the more thoughtful descriptions of collaboration yet, came to me via thenoyes (thanks!)