Have you been out to live arts lately? Have you thrilled to witness musicians and actors as they move you to laugh, cry, sing, and dance, and as you push them to dig deeper with your own creative response to them? I was blessed to take part in several live music events this fall. Laudable Productions gave us two nights of music at Mill Pond Park in Easthampton. And the Northampton Jazz Festival offered music on the streets and in the establishments of Paradise City as music lovers enjoyed dozens of concerts, almost all of then free for the taking. Most special to me was Cocomama in Pulaski Park and the Art Blakey Centennial Celebration at the Academy of Music. Thank you to the organizers and patrons of live music events like these. You work so hard! I hope you know how huge a gift you bestow on your communities.
Rick Stone, Greenfield. MA