And it seems a long time since now, writing this on a wintry day in January, -3 on the thermometer in the car this morning, and it seems the perfect time to return to the heat of Jodhpur when I first met Nawab Khan.
It wasn't quite as cold as today when Nawab Khan and Naved Khan visited in November 2018, his younger brother of course as Nawab would joke with the audience on introducing his son, already an accomplished Tabla player at 15 years old. On collecting them in London, en route to Cornwall to visit Derek at The Healing Tree Centre, I'd packed scarves, hats and gloves, even hot water bottles for extra comfort and over the next two weeks they were an essential part of the team.
During that time we had practice sessions at Eileen's in Tolpuddle, a day programme and evening concert at Derek's in West Curry, an impromptu concert at Sebastian in Hartlebury, The Sacred Sound of Raga in Lindale and Morecambe, East meets West hosted by Tony Wilkinson at The Harmony Hub in Chorley and a grand finale at my place, a very extra special concert.
For those who attended will know how Nawab and Naved shared their musical heritage, explaining how the musical arrangements play a part in an extensive collection of reverential ragas, giving more meaning to the performances. So by the end of the tour Nawab had expressed a desire to play a full Raga, from start to finish, no breaks, no explanation to experience the full effect of this healing music. And so it was on dark evening in mid November we gathered one final time and a full performance was achieved and what an utter treat it was to hear, see and feel how this sacred music brings harmony to mind, body and soul. The vibrations of which still resonate when I listen back to audio or look back on the collection of photographs.
Who was i to know that holding space for a musical tour would not just involve arranging places to play, audiences to engage with, minutes before show time it meant sewing on buttons and driving over 1200 miles from North West to South West and back. What a journey we shared and I hope for those who had the chance to be part of such a magical musical tour, that you still relish the memories we shared and what we can achieve when we come together in community.
Here are some photos of our time together...
I m not sure if Linda is a Jon Bon Jovi fan but I'm a fan of Linda's. What she and her husband are aiming to achieve is pretty spectacular and my quote a day notebook seemed perfect for this post.
Her passion for the project is palpable, her purpose infectious.
As I look out on our world today, with so much destruction, division and chaos, helping to support projects which bring the sense of community as a global family inspires my passion to get involved.
What if it was my brother who didn't have enough to eat? What if my father didn't have a daughter to look after him when he was in need? What if my mother was destitute and lonely. And what if it were me? Who would I turn to for help and support.
Whether it's your neighbour a few yards away or many hundreds of miles away, when we come together in community we affect the whole. Like the tides of our oceans, they are all connected, merging to form a whole system that ebbs and flows as one. Look at all the issues we have with plastic waste now that the real situation has become apparent and how we can all make simple lifestyle choices to affect a global solution.
So if you are around Grange over Sands this Friday, don your glad rags for a night out with some splendid performers and some even more awesome organisers who are doing something to help our communities to be happy and healthy, and showing that surely that is a basic right for all of us, wherever we call home.
Tickets available from Victoria Hall, Tourist Information Centre
more details on Rotary Club of Grange Over Sands
What else do you do with a tatty summer shirt, old PJs and gifted Liberty scraps? Why, make a quilt my love.
And after the New Year I have had its welcome relief, active meditation choosing sequence of fabrics, length of repeats and what colour the border will be.
The online updates can wait, all the news from 2018 will soon trickle your way, for now I’m dreaming of different cathedral windows and wondering what all the sewing machine functions mean.
Sending thanks to you all for your support in making 2018 another epic adventure and hearty cheer for you to follow your bliss in 2019 too