Getting to know you

Let’s go to Berkeley to play traditional Irish music at Mary and Bob’s house.

Gentle pleasure, play sets of tunes, listen to others playing, drink beer in moderation, chat.

Playing music together induces complicity and even intimacy between more or less total strangers. We know each other well after the shortest of acquaintance. This complicity works  on the musical dimension but once the set of tunes is finished we stare at the table in silence. There is a  major difference between our ability to correspond musically and our ability to correspond using the standard tool of language. Conversation tends to revolve around the origin of certain tunes. This is normal as it always takes time to get to know people linguistically.

Gentle pleasure, left to right Keith, Joel, Rachael, Mary

However you can pick up an instrument with a bunch of strangers anywhere in the world and by the end of a set of reels you are friends  – without having spoken. Are there other activities like this?

Great combination of instruments last night – mandolin, fiddle, flute, whistle. Nothing too raucous.

Thanks Mary

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