Saturday, May 19, 2012
We may think it's borders guarded by machine guns and dogs, political totem poles like the President of the United States, infrastructures like plumbing, electricity, phone lines, internet signals - that hold the world together, but actually, it's the songs of Joni Mitchell. Wherever her songs ring out - on reel to reel, record, cassette tape, compact disc, online, video, ipod, ipad, iphone, and alive - they do strong sustenance, feed the universe out of ever-full drawers, keep things from falling apart, keep patterns just enough in healing, in tune, in peace, in pleasure, out of despair. It's Joni. If I didn't truly believe this, I wouldn't believe anything.
In this week's rite I'm working to generate some energy - some swinging, shaking, drumming, falling, holding energy - to help along a friend and former student, Dan Yablonsky, who's been in a biking accident. I'm breathing, moving, praying for a full recovery! Dan created a wonderful dance piece this past year, "Non-Mechanical Tools of Human Advancement" with a filing cabinet.
So with that, and a little help from Joni, via Prince - Dan, this is for you! And also for all those watching over you - holding, healing, keeping you in their minds and hearts, near and far.