I just arrived home- the one that is in this country. This has been one long journey- from Israel to Boston to Nebraska, Chicago and back in Boston now. I'm remembering my goings in the past week.
At the end of my three-week long residency there was this accumulation of events and emotions that grew out of the preceding weeks. The thirst to know more just grew and everything discovered was even more significant as time got shorter. Dinners, breakfasts and chats with other artists were always interesting, but towards the end it intensifies. I am happy for that opportunity to interact with other artists, it was very enriching. I find about their work process and emotional turbulence while working on their creations. We discovered some similiarities between different diciplins. Hearing what kind of blocks they encounter and how they work them out, watching the excitement in their eyes while they are telling about it was catching. My excitement about my own projects started growing more and more as I finally felt I am "living" my piece- it constantly plays in my head. Walking on the streets of this town, where my feet know exactly where to take me, I imagine some parts of the piece and match the rhythm of my walking to the rhythm of the music.
I take these valuable encounters, and hopefully new friendships, with me and will be missing all of this! I will also miss my studio and the black upright Yamaha piano with its warm sound. Ah, I got so used now to be loud as much as I need to and practice whenever I like, without thinking if I disturb anyone. After a night of songs and beer, it was time to say goodbye, pack my things quickly sleep 3 hours and move on to my next destination on the map: Chicago!
This was my first time in Chicago. It was quit a change after the small, cosy environment I have been in the past weeks. A few people recommended me about things I should do while I am there. Firstly and most importantly, the purpose of this visit is to meet with an old friend from home (the home that is across the ocean) and what a pleasure it was! Two foreigners meeting in this giant city of skyscrapers, observing everything it has to offer and this already was quit an adventure! I must say, there is no better tour guide than Iddo! His knowledge of different parts of the city is incredible! We took the architecture cruise tour (which was fantastic!) and a tour inside the Intercontinental hotel on the Magnificent Mile (which is gorgeous and free), ate burgers at Billy the Goat (a true landmark but it's so hard to miss under the bridge), we even watched an outdoor free orchestra concert at the Millennium Park (this park is one of the best parks I've seen, so far! it offers many attractions, it's beautifully organized and so many people are enjoying it). We also spent time socializing with Iddo's friend. And in between all this, there was also time for a good catching up over a tasty fruit tart and some singing & playing time :) Singing with Iddo is one of the most fun things I can think of doing. our voices mix so well together and he can play almost everything on both the guitar and the keyboard.
This is of course, a brief summery of events. I was also featured on Composers Circle this week and received lots of "likes" on Facebook. It warmed my heart to know that people listen to my music. Yesterday I got an email from an Italian cellist who is interested in my music :) Cheers to great things that append and that will come!
*MUSIC INSPIRATION OF THE DAY : The Beatles, rooftop concert on the top of Apple Studios in London, January 30, 1969. The songs they performed: Get back, I want you, Don't let me down, I've got a feeling, Dig a pony.
I Rediscoverd with Iddo how amazing the Beatles were!
*See if you can understand what that man is saying at 08:01 ;)
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