I intensely “feel community” when I play music at a pub in Greenport, NY – it’s called The Whiskey Wind. Every Thursday around 8 pm locals gather to jam out and play traditional music including American Songbook folk tunes, blues standards, sea shanties, original songs, and traditional Irish music. We sit in a circle and play, and each person gets a chance to lead a tune or sing a song. It’s a positive atmosphere full of laughter, music, and the sound of friends and acquaintances shootin’ the breeze. As a community, our joy for that evening is to share with each other and hopefully entertain the patrons at the pub.
This week I was especially disturbed by the constant news of violence and killings in NY, USA, and all over the World – I’m not sure why THIS week… maybe because our recent focus on community has made me more attuned to how violence destroys communities in so many ways.
So I put together the sonic expression, “Pub Glass,” which tries to capture the joy of participating in community, along with some of the other feelings that I just described. (Make sure to listen all the way through to get the full effect.)