Singing and friendship

Great Performances - Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration

I have been catching up with friends recently, dear ones that I don’t see all the time, and have really been enjoying reconnecting. At a delicious lunch last weekend in the hills (thanks particularly to you Bet), Ed and Bet gave me a cd of Joan Baez’s 75th birthday celebration which I have been playing all week in the car. It is wonderful – the generosity of the playing, the songs, the gratitude expressed by everyone, and particularly the sense of friendship throughout the whole performance. Joan sings a number of songs by herself, and her lovely rich, mature voice is a treat, but the collaborations on many songs with a whole series of other performers is just marvellous. The harmonies and interweavings of the various voices are so moving (even more so than Joan alone), and have had me thinking about how friendships are a bit like that. A friendship is like a kind of duet, each a little different from any other pairing, our lives meandering around each other as we practice our particular tunes and get better, hopefully, over time at ‘singing’ together in whatever ways we do that. Creating our lives, living them day by day is so enriched by those around us – singing/living in connection with others is so rewarding and rich and produces, at its best, our own songs with us living our own lives. I’m getting a bit carried away here, but isn’t it true; how precious are friends, and how much do they help us be ourselves and sing our own songs (together)…

Of course, you tube has the link to most of the concert itself, so if you have a spare hour or so, you can listen to it. One of the many highlights is Joan singing with the Indigo Girls and Mary Chapin Carpenter (all pictured above). They come in at around the thirty minute mark  with the most glorious harmonies and singing a song about helping each other through life. Perfecto! (For another version try this one…)

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2 Responses to Singing and friendship

  1. Mandy Laidlaw says:

    Look forward to singing with you soon xx

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