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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

get out of the box

I recently attended the Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur concert at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. Even though I serve on the board of Caffe Lena, I can in no way be considered a folkie. Yet, I had a terrific time.

The c oncert reminded me that when you see the best you can appreciate what their art form is all about. The music at this concert was enjoyable. The links the performers made to the folk artists who came before them was informative. The history they gave of the orgins of the songs was compelling. Put together is was a fun time that made me realize the importance of a entire genre of music. And, the music was varied to the point it included a Broadway tune and an African tribal song. I had a great time.

I left the concert thinking how easily we can get trapped in our own box of narrow interests. This week, our Thursday edition of InSight will list all the free music available in the area this summer. It's not only staggering because of the amount and variety of musical styles that are offered, rather it is staggering that so much GOOD music will be available for free.

My passion is theater and in the summer there is so much theater available I hardly have time (or energy) to anything else. And there is so much else available. Last year I made it to the ballet and the opera but I missed every Rockin' on the River concert downtown Troy. I attended the first Pig Out, but missed last year's event. I have always loved baseball but I didn't make an appearance at the Joe the entire summer.

My pledge for summer of 201o is not to do more, but to put more variety in my entertainment schedule. I urge you to do the same thing. Don't let yourself get put in a box - there's too much else to do,


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