Although it seems far away in “camp time,” our yearly benefit concert in Yellow Springs is coming up at the end of next week. It will be Saturday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Mills Lawn Elementary School. If you’re in the area and would like to attend, you can purchase tickets through the Glen Helen Nature Shop, which you can reach through their website at www.glenhelen.org (under the “about” tab).
I believe that just the existence of music is central to our lives. The arts in general, and music in particular, remind us of the beauty of life and bring us together as a community. At our pre-camp staff meetings this year, we discussed “how would you define FMC?” and “what is essential about FMC?” The answers all came down to the idea of making music in a community — the double enrichment of knowing each other as people and making music together.
At our benefit concert, we get the added pleasure of making music in the service of others. Music as service and activism has a long history, and one that we love to be a part of. We like being able to connect to environmental causes by benefiting Glen Helen with this concert.
If you have a few extra minutes in your day, you might check out this great TED talk by Abigail Washburne about a type of musical activism — using music to cross cultures. It’s one of my favorites. When she talks about “the power of music to connect hearts,” I feel most strongly that is what FMC is really about.