Being a rather creative bunch of people, we often feel the need to step out of the box, do away with restrictions and just have a bit of fun and a few weeks ago we done exactly that.
In this case, the box we stepped out of was our shop. The sun was shining on a beautiful Saturday and the Park was calling us. We needed to be outside and we took our tribe of troubadours down through the town to a place where we hope will eventually become an outdoor Amphitheatre. We have spoken of this before; we were key players in the initial plans and we wanted to visualise what it would be like if we were able to play there. Being doers as much as thinkers, we put our thoughts into plans, loaded the PA bike and grabbed a load of instruments and Trombone led our way down through the town.
This was not just an opportunity for us to have some fun, to enable people to join in but also for us to share a little cheer on the way with Kelvin at The Pad and who runs Equable Abled, a community group that supports people with SEN and Disabilities. We called him out through song and spread a little happy towards him.
Once over the park, we found the spot, sorted the Solar Powered PA system, plugged in and played. We brought extra instruments as so others could join and although it was impromptu, people did actually stop and watch, sing along and some went off to grab a guitar or two and play along with us. We had 3 hours there in the sun, we had fun, and we could visualise what could be here in this place. We came away with plans to do a few more sessions, promote it more and get a few more orgs to join in, those who we know would use it, who, like us are in need of an accessible and space to perform, to entertain and to bring our community together.
Its day like these that I fall in love again with the place I grew up in. When the sun shines, when people come together, when laughter rings out and the pressures of life fall away. Life can be hard at times but days like this help you to get through. I feel that there will be a few dark days ahead for many so maybe this kind of thing will help as I know it helps us. Is an amphitheatre the answer? Who knows but we are going to find out.