Though a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) I was able to spend a full week singing Circle Songs at Omega Institute this summer with the amazing Bobby McFerrin and his wondrous peer group of teaching musicians, notably: Rhiannon, David Worm, Joey Blake, Judy Vinar, Christiane Karam, Zuza Goncalves, Karen Goldfeder and Tiago Grade.
It was revelatory, enriching, soul-deep song work and I am mightily grateful to have had an opportunity to be immersed in this music-of-the-moment in the company of an international group of musicians. For me it was regenerating, inspiring and affirming. A time to reconnect with my tribe, and a timely pause to breathe in the light before returning to what has been a challenging time in my family's life.
I'll be sharing more over the coming months about community music events I'm planning that will flow in and out of the circle song format. In the meantime, below is an outtake from one of the sessions (we were asked not to audiotape, but I did just this once) and a few pictures, some mine, some borrowed.
May we all, in this time of constant change and challenge, find centering moments of peace, joy and regeneration within our tribes. Joyous Thanks to RACC and its many sponsors.
Robin is a Portland, OR native who's lived long enough to remember the transformative era