Monday, October 01, 2007

Now, I know you are waiting anxiously to see what I've got to tell you about Tat Day in Ayr, Ontario with the Fringe Element Tatters, but it's going to take me a bit to pull it all together (and recover from travel) so I'm putting this video here in the meantime. It's about 30 minutes long. If you have might want to view it someplace with a faster connection, but it's well worth watching.

I have another list that is more esoteric in nature and we often talk about the different physical senses as well as non-physical senses and how we interpret energy through those senses. That's how someone was prompted to post the link to this video. Keep in mind that Evelyn Glennie is a deaf musician.

"Evelyn Glennie's music challenges the listener to ask where music comes from: Is it more than simply a translation from score to instrument to audience? How can a musician who has almost no hearing play with such sensitivity and compassion?

The Grammy-winning percussionist and composer became almost completely deaf by the age of 12, but her hearing loss brought her a deeper understanding of and connection to the music she loves. She's the subject of the documentary Touch the Sound, which explores this unconventional and intriguing approach to percussion.

Along with her vibrant solo career, Glennie has collaborated with musicians ranging from classical orchestras to Björk. Her career has taken her to hundreds of concert stages around the world, and she's recorded a dozen albums, winning a Grammy for her recording of Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and another for her 2002 collaboration with Bela Fleck."

We all have the potential to use our senses far more than we do. We use our senses to interpret the energy around us, visually, audibly, by touch, by aroma....and we each uniquely bring an offering of that interpretation to tatters, we translate all that we see, hear, feel, and smell into bits and pieces and sometimes grand symphonies of lace. We use color and texture in a mixture of fibers in new ways. Even the "old" ways are colored by what we are continually learning.

I have to admit this is always on my mind when I go to lace events - I am so amazed at the different interpretations we each have of this ONE teensy little knot. Have you ever thought about it? It's ONE knot. It has a 1st half and a 2nd half, but it is one single solitary knot. Globally, we are a minority in the laces...but look at what we have accomplished in just the past decade! I think it's incredible.


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