This Is How the Music Feels

This Is How the Music Feels

April 16, 2013  |  Events, Local Interest


Last weekend I followed my new favorite band, Les Amis Zydeco, to Newark where they were playing a gig at Swiss Park. It was a fun venue with a big dance floor, but it was something of a photographic challenge. The staging made it hard to get anything particularly interesting of the group. (I did get to say “I’m with the band,” though. That was pretty great.)

I had more opportunity to step back and observe the crowd than I did last time at the Penngrove Pub. The dynamics are so different when a band is not so much “performing for” but “engaging with” their audience. Les Amis Zydeco is about dancing, and from the first song to the last, people were on their feet. I love that.

This is my favorite image from the evening. I like the warmth and happiness it exudes. That’s how it felt to be there, and I thought we could all use a little of that today.

1 Comment

  1. Wow, I just got misty eyed with your use of the dance joy as a salve for the horrible things that have happened. I was finally letting that stuff sink in today after hearing some interviews of bereaved parents on NPR. So, thanks for reminding me of the flip flop, and the complexity of life and emotions and the continuity that we have to hold at the same time. And thank you for your kind words. And yes, you can say “I’m with the band” anytime.

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