Summertime

In our realm, Summer busies – schedules, rituals and rhythms deconstruct and a verve of freedom and compulsion arises in our children.  And there are vacations and visitors and spontaneous events.  The weather withers me, people are drawn to the outside, in all – Summer discomforts me.

And yet…this week expect the visits of my wife’s twin, her aunt, and a long-time friend and his family, AND we’ll celebrate these dear twins birthday with wild national hoopla (July 4 – precious to me because she entered the world, but I’m happy to have help in the celebrating at this level!).

What gathers and whispers…or shouts and plays…runs and claps…talks and snuggles…HOME…those precious to us, invaluable, incalculable,

Yesterday eve we were enjoying a particularly (abnormal) gentle, cool Kansas Summer eve on our porch and listening to the music of Keith Kenniff – placed here as a celebration of Summer’s affordances – dislocated time, gatherings, visitations and travels – favorites – family, friends, nests…

Keith Kenniff - Branches

Keith Kenniff – Branches

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8 thoughts on “Summertime

  1. p.s. the entire album is one I listen to repeatedly. I have long appreciated the work of Keith (& Hollie) Kenniff through Helios, Mint Julep and many other projects, but I have to say the “Branches” album thrives me. I often listen to it as exemplary in pacing and tone. Reminds me of the care of art – writing – the selection and placement of letters, terms, and phrases; painting – the deliberation of strokes and composition; dance – the paces and rests and stillnesses; and thought….

"A word is a bridge thrown between myself and an other - a territory shared by both" - M. Bakhtin

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