I've been talking about blogging and social networking of late, but have never sat down to actually write anything. With all of the different things that I do, I could probably start a multitude of blogs - one for storytelling, one for singing and music, another for advertising and radio (my vocation during the day), one for politics, one for writing. Sigh...does anyone know how to clone?
For this blog, though, I will occasionally add things that I'm doing creatively in general.
Currently, I am working on three story-related programs. Two I am doing with my good friend, Helen Trencher, who is also on this site. One is called A Tour of Africa in Story, Rhythm, and Song. Helen, me, and one other percussionist have been performing this wonderful, vibrant hour-long program for about 7 years now. It is, actually, a "tour" of stories, rhythms, songs, and a Dance of Universal Peace based on or fully from Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. We bring a map of Africa and interactively engage the audience, sharing the wonderful diversity of music and story of the continent. I went to South Africa with NSN in 2004 with about 60 other storytellers. Although the bounty of stories was not there for us to bring back, the comraderie was great, and seeing the country was amazing. We learned a lot culturally about South Africa. I just wish they had understood what we wanted better...sigh. We were mostly professional storytellers, but they had us interacing primarily with volunteers. I did bring back one very special story which is part of this program. We just did this program in March twice, and also have it scheduled in May.
I am also working with Helen on a program called Tales of the Earth, Songs of Peace, which is an environmental program. We perform that in April. I am also working with Linda Jacobson, a teller in Boulder, on a workshop for activists at the Rocky Mountain Storytellers' Conference. We'd better get it gelled soon, as it's coming up in less than a month! It's about building bridges between peoples who have very different beliefs and the role of story in bridging those gaps.
In addition, I've been honing my skills as a vocalist and guitar-player in a class at the Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver. We gave a class concert two weeks ago that received a standing ovation (of course, many in the audience were family and friends, but we take what we can get!) Seriously, some of us from the class are continuing to work together and going to open stages. So, we'll see where that goes.
I am also a member of a Meet-Up of writers. If only I had the time to submit my writings, maybe I'd actually get published!
I guess that's enough of my multiple-personalities for today!