Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Singing & Dancing in the Rain

This evening was wonderfully special and full of fleeting delights. Colorado Symphony Orchestra (well, a smaller group of them) performed in the park for the public to enjoy.

There was a large crowd; easily 300 people, sitting and laying on the grass enjoying the talent of some of Colorado's finest musicians. It was hot today, topping off at 99, so the dark clouds and cooler air were a welcome relief for this idyllic indulgence.

It started out a casual but reserved affair. Everyone quietly enjoying and relaxing.

And then afternoon showers came gently, and the grown-ups began to panic a bit... pack things up and hurry around. And they forgot about the music, and the fading day, and the loveliness of enjoying all of it out of doors. They popped up like gophers across the grassy knoll and snatched up their necessities. It seemed for every drop of rain there was one less person to be seen.

But the Colorado Symphony Orchestra played on... like the famed quartet on the Titanic, who played while it sank. They had purpose.

The symphony played, and suddenly children appeared where there had been none before, like little pixies at twilight, dancing with rapture and bliss to every note filling the air from the instruments above them. The sounds of the symphony drew them forward like a pied piper.

They frolicked and twirled and wove around in a single file chain in front of the stage, hand in hand. Their laughter spun lambent across the music that had enchanted them. The magic of the moment was not lost on them, they were instead lost in it... giving in to the glorious sounds, holding hands with new found friends, singing with purely joyous laughter, and dancing in the soft warm summer rain.

Let not this lesson be lost on you... live in every moment, to its fullest, and find happiness where you did not imagine it to be.
Scarlett & Viaggiatore


Jon M said...

Funny you should mention the Titanic, when I first looked at the stage I thought I was looking at a ship's prow!

Sounds like a fun event!

sognatrice said...

What a gorgeous night! Here too, it's always hand-linked children dancing up front with the live folk music--sometimes there are adults dancing too, but my eyes are always on the children.

I hope you enjoyed your rain droplets; if you could bottle some up and ship it here, that'd be great ;)

Anonymous said...

Amen sistah! Good advice.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

What a lovely post! It sounds like a midsummer night's dream right there in Colorado.

I especially liked the image of the dancing children, and the fact that "for every drop of rain there was one less person to be seen."

Thanks for sharing.

MyUtopia said...

That sounds really lovely.

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

I like it. Play on. Sounds like a Fellini movie. Nice.

Pearl said...

Sounds like an enchanting time. The take away lesson is worth living. :)

Like how you sculpted your links into pleasing curves.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

They say, "some people walk in the rain, others just get wet" - Your orchestra sounds like the walk in the rain kind ;-)

Sounds like a lovely evening - made magical by the wonder and fun of children.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


It does look like a ship, doesn't it!
It was fun. I like rain.


Aren't kids just little bits of huge wonder and enjoyment?
Bottled rain.
Got it.
I'll send some today, as it looks like we'll have plenty to share!


Sometimes a little good advice goes a long way, I'm hoping so in this case.


No Shakespeare, though, only the symphony. ;o)-


It was lovely! Wish the music would have lasted longer than the rain though. sniff.


Oh shoot! I knew I forgot something... my video camera.


That it is... now I just have to remember to practice what I preach!
But I usually do...

Vanilla & A,

Yes... an evening made magic by dancing in the rain. Oh yes.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Dewey said...

I would have enjoyed the children and the rain both, as much as the music. As, I suspect, you did. :)

LJCohen said...

Ahhhh. How wonderful! Thank you for the reminder of what we risk to fear and self-consciousness.

lisa (and lucidus keen)