Monday, December 17, 2007

Parlour Music

Just as if I had been whisked back into the 19th Century, I found myself at home parlor recital this weekend. It’s been a long time since EB has had the opportunity to go “out” and enjoy the company of a couple of dozen adults who were all joined in a beautiful Portland home to engage in a simple, casual music recital. Imagine 100, even 200 years ago, this was a typical evening of social entertainment. No tele’s. No radio. No CD’s. Just a handful of musicians performing their art before an intimate crowd of acquaintances.

The music ranged from classical arias & songs to jazz & standards, complete and unplugged with piano, acoustic guitar and bass. Add plenty of wine, cheese and chocolate delectables and I imagine this was the scene our forefathers & foremothers spoke about of “the good ol’ days.”

What a delightful winter evening spent with friends, sharing music and laughter. I am determined that this type of event must continue and flourish. I set a challenge to all musicians to organize a parlor recital at least once a year. Share your talents and music with your friends, and encourage them to do the same. You’ll be surprised at the talent you never knew existed.

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