“Who else is going to take action on my dreams if not me?”
It continues to amaze me that a seed of inspiration, a spark of an idea can create really great experiences for people in the world. I think of all the movies I’ve seen, books I’ve read, art I’ve enjoyed, performances I’ve attended and been in. It fascinates me that there is so much goodness in the human spirit that can touch endless amounts of people.
On April 20th I will be living out a vision that came to me and I’m in awe at how much support has come rushing in to birth this endeavor. It still gets me that a dream in my heart of hearts is being met with outstanding enthusiasm. I guess sometimes I wonder why I should follow any of my creative inspirations, I wonder if it matters to anyone other than me ….and then I wonder if it’s worth the energy if it’s “just another one of those ideas.” Underneath that is the question of whether I’m worth it. As the date nears and I witness the joy and excitement in everyone who has shown to help I sit back, reflect and think about how it got started: I had an idea and it felt good to me.
One day it dawned on me that I could blend teens and adults together to create a professional performance band that I could front. I’d been seeing teens get turned off to drugs and alcohol by getting turned on to their creative expression. One of my own students had a profound life change this way. I wondered what could happen if there was motivation offered to even more teens to inspire them to take up their power and to become self-resourced through the music arts.
This is how Local Motion was born. The teens in this band are playing alongside some of the area’s top pro musicians and are receiving pay to play. Imagine that, they are being respected and honored for their time and gifts with pay.
When the vision for Local Motion came to me I saw that the band members would change out for each gig. This would allow different teens to take the stage as they were ready. This also allows the adult pro’s to take turns being in the mentoring role. So far all of the current band members love this experience!
Our first gig is a dance gig. The music spans the spectrum from the sixties to current and includes a bunch of my originals as well. It’s designed this way so that everyone, regardless of age can enjoy themselves to the music. It’s been fun learning the material, knowing we’re going to deliver it together to the community!
I also always wanted to be in a flash mob…you know where people suddenly bust out in organized song and dance in some public place. Again, I wondered about my creative spark and whether it is worth following. I decided to go with it and created a mini-flash mob for one of the songs in the gig. My friend and I choreographed that yesterday and I can’t wait to watch it happen! What a hoot!
I’ve had dreams and visions before and some I’ve followed, some I haven’t. What I’ve learned is that when I do follow a calling from my heart…..and I really believe in myself and my dream….it turns out good for many more people than just myself. This event is my birthday gift to myself having just turned 51. Something inside my heart said, “Be fearless, just do it, go for the fun you want. ”Next thing I know we’re here, in the final stages of rehearsing in a dream coming true. Even now, I’m still learning that having fun IS a great gift in life.
~ I am most grateful ~