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Jay Loomis – Trad Community

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.)


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  1. Katherine.Hopkins@stonybrook.edu

    February 17, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    This is so awesome! I love the chatter of people talking in the beginning and the slow transition to the music actually starting. Genius idea!

    • Thank you! It’s a pretty faithful representation of how it sounds when we play in the pub… people talk a lot in between tunes, and mostly quiet down when we start to play again.
      Did you have a chance to hear through to the end? I’d love to hear what you think…

  2. This is really amazing! This is another one my daughter and I looked at last night and we both loved it. This is an amazing Weekly Create!

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