During the last ten days Heather and I have attended a Kanun recital by Denise Gill-Gurtan. It was wonderful.
We had the opportunity to experience Paco Pena and his Flamenco Company. He is among the greatest living Flamenco guitarists in the world. He did not disappoint. It, too, was wonderful.
Saturday night we were to see The Al-Andalus Ensemble. My friends Rabbi James Stone Goodman and Michael Castro were going to open for them. The show was going to be held in a venue I'd never been to before. It seemed a perfect reason for a ride. Isabelle and I scouted it out on Saturday afternoon.
Union Avenue Christian Church. There are some wonderful details on the exterior of the building.
But, I was more taken by a tree across the street from the Church.
That night Jim and Michael totally nailed their short set.
It occurs to me what a blessing it is to live where I am able to hear such wonderful music. I'm still amazed a small town kid from Central Michigan finds himself living in the City. Often times I feel out of place and wonder how I got here. But, a string of musical experiences like we've had over the last two weeks makes my heart open and my soul smile.
This morning it was 19F/-7C when Isabelle and I left the condo to do our usual Sunday morning bagel run.