Thursday, September 10, 2009

i is for instrument

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.
May Sarton (1912–1995) poet, novelist, memoirist

Life is the sacred mystery singing to itself, dancing to its drum, telling tales, improvising, playing

Music is love in search of a word.
Sidney Lanier (1842-1881) musician and poet

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) monk, writer, photographer

The girl who can't dance says the band can't play.

Yiddish Proverb

Bang-whang-whang goes the drum, tootle-tetootle the fife; No keeping one's haunches still: it's the greatest pleasure in life.
Robert Browning (1812-1889) poet

The human voice is the organ of the soul

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Everything has rhythm. Everything dances.
Maya Angelou (b. 1928)poet

putting together this month's blogabet theme with this week's theme thursday's theme wasn't difficult at all. for me instruments - both literal and metaphorical, create the rhythm of life.

notes on photos:
  1. the great lakes brewery's pint sized garden at hale farm and village, bath, ohio july 2008
  2. steel drum cleveland, date unknown
  3. a one man band sharing some rhythms with a friend at the tremont neighborhood arts festival, september 2007
  4. john flower, cleveland area juggler and environmental activist, the tremont neighborhood arts festival, september 2007
  5. cats on holiday - cleveland based band playing at market square park, july 2008
  6. drummer for the kreellers, cleveland irish festival, july 2009
  7. a young friend sharing her soul and singing a beautiful rhythmic tune. cleveland, july 2009
  8. a whole lot of rhythm going on! taken at out of many: a multicultural festival the national museum of the american indian, january 2009

I was oscillating between something from paul simon's rhythm of the saints and rhythm of life from sweet charity as today's theme song, then I found this version of rhythm of life, well, that clinched it! slainte!


ArtSparker said...

Wonderful series, I particulalrly like the one of the little girl singing.

Kris McCracken said...

That shot from above at the end is a beauty.

Anonymous said...

So much rhythm in this post! I like that Yiddish proverb but the girl singing and the one-man band; too cool!

And pretty fun video!LMBO at the ending :)

Baino said...

Blown away Kim, I want to have the courage to take photographs like you and the time to be in those places. Breathless. Well perhaps not breathless but they are wonderful.

California Girl said...

i like the video in particular. I've never seen that ad. It's unusual for a beer commercial. great stuff.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Wonderful words and images. I like the anonymouse! -J

Tess Kincaid said...

The busker and the little boy is my fave. And love-love-love the Angelou quote.

Brian Miller said...

ha love the commercial. steel drum street performances are the best as well. i miss that culture...

Roy said...

Great collection, Kim! Another song I was thinking of was the Peter Gabriel's "Rhythm of the Heat", but I got sidetracked by another YouTube video that turned my ideas in a different direction.

I love that video; I saw it ages ago and cracked up as much then as I did just now watching it again!

Alan Burnett said...

Some great images and plenty of rhythm. Perfect TT contribution (asw always)

Wings1295 said...

I like that, "everything has rhythm". Pretty sure I don't, but who knows, right?

We had the same choice for that end video, too. Cool ... :)

Dreamhaven said...

Enjoyed the many forms of rhythm.
Happy TT

Unknown said...

Great series--I liked the busker photo a lot--is he playing a jaw harp? Also the zydeco band. The Lanier quote is wonderful, & the Yiddish proverb is funny & true!

e said...

Angelou is a personal favourite and I love your photos of children.

Coffee Messiah said...

Very nice.......and from the few visits to other areas out here, everywhere and every one indeed has a rhythm quite different than our own.

The differences are nice though and does make for an interesting visit
; )

mum said...

beautiful. Keep the beat kimy - says she, sneezing to the - tchoo! - rythm of life ...:-)


mouse (aka kimy) said...

aw....thank you all for such kind words about my photos - you all make playing theme thursday fun and fulfilling or would that be inspiring and interesting.....

baino - courage - are you referring to my sometimes lack of boundaries taking pictures of strangers. haha!

john - I do believe you are right on that call!

e - you probably gathered children may be my absolute favorite subject matter - thank you


Chris Wolf said...

loved your quotes today! and I've never seen that commercial-too funny!