Music Connects Us
Notes from our Artistic Director
April 1, 2022
The Joy of Music. Who first came up with that phrase?
I went searching for an answer last week and came up with a slew of solutions. The Joy of Music was the title of a tv show by the flamboyant American organist, Diane Bish (remember her?); Leonard Bernstein used it for his first book. Those four words became the theme that the late Canadian impresario, Nicholas Goldschmidt, used for his several music festivals in Toronto. And, most interesting to me, the phrase was within a quote by that Canadian crooner, Bryan Adams:
“Music is not therapy, but it’s a release. It’s a joy. It’s a pleasure. And it’s a job – which is weird, because I don’t think of it as a job.”
Adams’ sentiment seems to fit my own thinking as I’ve been manicuring a Spring season of concerts and events for Huron Waves. With all the disappointments and then satisfactions, the setbacks and then breakthroughs, the shocks and then surprises, the maybes and then the certainties…at the end of the stresses, interesting and often unique possibilities always fall into place. Presently, the prospects are arriving for June, 2022…61 days from today when our little music festival that could reaches the top of its hill.
At Festival Central we’re still awaiting certain signs and signals, but the shape of an interesting season is coming into view. Till those signals arrive, I can’t tell you all that will happen, but today I can take you backstage to meet the musicians in the video which will launch the season. You’re going to meet musical talents who keep pace with the quality and the spirit of those original videos Huron Waves produced in December 2020 and 2021. A Huron Waves Spring, 2022 will expand its spotlight just a little wider than those first two musical travelogues but it will also include some surprises, even a breakthrough or two. Let me explain.
Planning begins with the music festival’s basic goals for any video: to showcase a variety of local and regional talents in a variety of appealing locations throughout Huron County. So, for instance, meet: