Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Flute Quest

It's funny where you end up sometimes in your life.

A few weeks ago, while popping our kettle corn at the farmers' market, a lady asked us if we'd like to come to her event and pop. She handed me a flyer for "Flute Quest" --- a Native American Flute Festival. It was being held at Saltwater State Park, on the shores of Puget Sound, south of Seattle, WA.



Hmmm...now that sounds interesting (pun intended!). Sure, we'll be there, thinking we'd be busy most of the time popping kettle corn.

We did have some time to look around though --- and listen.



Friday night we treated ourselves to the flute concert. It was held in an intimate, acoustically magnificent theatre, with a seating capacity of only 238. Talk about up-front-and-personal. We listened to Rona Yellowrobe as she played her Native American flute and sang with a lovely, resinous voice...from the heart.

Next the world sounds and artistry of Scott August enveloped the audience. As his wonderful photographs of the Southwest danced behind him, he played for us. The haunting notes from his Anasazi flute are still echoing in my head! Scott lives in North Hollywood, but his heart resides in the Four Corners area of the Southwest. Ahhh, I know why.

The rest of the weekend went very (very) well. I scoped out the 20-some flute makers from all over the country and feasted my eyes and ears on their pieces of art. The music waifed from the stage and the tents, the workshop domes and the tepee where drumming was being taught.







It was meditative for some...



And life changing for others --- me included.

The more I listened to the flutes the more I needed one. Their beauty was enough to want to bring one home. Finally, I overcame my shyness (yeah, me) and put my lips to a gorgeous curly maple flute in the key of "G". Let's just say...

Mine! (Second from the right.)

6 comments:

2Grandmas2 Tuesday, August 24, 2010 2:52:00 PM  

wow, beautiful; I would not have gone home without one either...nice choice!

the7msn Tuesday, August 24, 2010 4:14:00 PM  

I know of a lovely back porch in Corona, NM, where you'll be able to practice.

penni Tuesday, August 24, 2010 6:46:00 PM  

I have some CDs by Nakai -- they are designed to sooth the savage beast (that would be me -- not the dogs). I can't wait to hear you play.

Breathe Tuesday, August 24, 2010 7:29:00 PM  

Oh, my husband plays one, and it's my favorite sound in the world (next to my children laughing).

Enjoy, enjoy!

clairz Thursday, August 26, 2010 9:55:00 AM  

Beautiful flute! Now you are all ready to come to NM. Don't need anything else (except maybe to sell your house...).

Anonymous Tuesday, October 12, 2010 1:08:00 PM  

VERY IMPRESSIVE. I Love your website and Love the fact that we were at the same concert together at FluteQuest. It was wonderful. I was blessed to see Mary Youngblood the next night and she was amaizng.

Peace-n-Love to you on your journey
JP
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www.youtube.com/user/LOVE2Flute

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