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The musical week started on a rainy Tuesday noontime show in Concord with the excellent American roots band Loretta Lynch. The rain was blowing in the stage and things got too wet to run the show safely. Nearly every musician I know, including myself have received nasty shocks on stage in such conditions . I remember getting zapped performing at the Boulder Folk Festival. I heard an electrical 'crack' and felt a jolt of electricity smack me in the upper lip from the microphone in the middle of a harmony. Not fun...got woozy for a second, and it smarted for an hour after that. Anyways, Loretta Lynch played one song with an encore as we stood off stage keeping our fingers crossed during the two songs. Everyone was alright and the two-song set was bright and kinda funny in it's brevity.
Thursday we did a great funky soul show with the 9 piece 'Soul Power', good weather, 3,000 people, lots of dancing. I got up on stage and danced with Vince Scalise the market manager.
I wrote a satirical song for Sunday's third 'MetaQuizzical Cafe' and practiced the hell out of it, being a new song and all. A swing tune in A minor (kinda Stray Cats meets the Twilight Zone!) Here's the words: I'll be it recording later this year.
On Sunday we had our third 'MetaQuizzical Cafe at the Beyond exhibit. Our scheduled speaker Dr. Kevin McLin was delayed an hour getting to the museum so I was forced to carry the segment. I only had three songs practiced so it was nerve-racking for me at first. It was the universe's way of throwing me in the pool. I floundered a bit at first, but through years of training I found my voice and timing. By the end of the hour I was actually having fun! The full house of folks were great and really supported my songs and humor.
Dr. Mclin arrived on my last song. While he set up his power point presentation, we took a break and watched the amazing 'Shot of Life' music videos about Dark Matter made for us in Paris, and the fascinating' Macro 2 Micro' video that Angie Schultz made for us. It's so new and different for me to see music videos about my songs and watching people view them is a real treat!
Dr. McLin's Dark Matter presentation was quite studied and put many things into perspective for me regarding these huge new discoveries about space and reality. The Q and A period lasted almost an hour and a half and went into some speculative areas that was fascinating. It seems Dark Energy is the real boogie-man with Astro-Physicists...74% of reality...the dominant 'cosmic constant' creating endless space and blowing things apart that don't have enough gravity to hold together. The Milky Way, Andromeda, and the Virgo Cluster all holding things together in this part of the universe with gravity.
So the way the presentation affected me is: if we don' gather enough personal gravity the universal constant will blow us away...no meaning, no inspiration, a life in the wind soon to blow out, I see it everywhere with folks. We have to hang together people. We're so small and vulnerable. We need this planet to stay life-sustaining and we need to get along or the 'cosmic constant' will blow us away. Dark Energy is the roaring current, the 'Great Dark River' and us minnows gotta learn how to swim!