During my tenure as a self-employed artist in the music industry, one of the most challenging concepts that I have found is that of “reinventing the wheel.” Project after project, song after song, day after day, my career is a constant evolution of moving forward and taking what I have learned and expanding the next production I do into more – more bigger, more smaller, more people, more solos, more sounds, more space well, you get the idea.
While trying to make a decision regarding the focus and theme for this year’s September Music Series, I thought to myself (out loud), “What else can I possible do?” Once again, I found that when I sit quietly and listen to my unconscious rumination, I have that “aha” moment.
Unity Minneapolis is celebrating its centennial this year. This community has remained focused and committed to its principles for 100 years. Wow! That is pretty amazing. From many … one … unity … joining together … an amalgam of souls. Many diverse members have joined together to form one spiritual community that shares a collective vision that is so eloquently stated by the Five Unity Principles. This concept of the singular as a collective led me to the perfect choice for our music series this year – Americana Music.
Americana Music is an amalgam (mixture of different elements that combine to form one) of American music formed by the convergence of common and diverse traditions that make up the musical character of the United States. Elements from styles and genres of music such as folk, country, blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and gospel along with other external influences combine to form a new distinctive sound.
Americana is basically one big musical spice rack full of rich, roots oriented, earthy sounds that are filled with the cultural and ethnic diversity from which we all emanate. You can hear the complex simplicity of the vernacular of Americana Music in selections by such artists as: Alison Krauss, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, CSNY, Patty Griffin, Keb’ Mo’, Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, Laura Nyro, Mary Gauthier, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, The Avett Brothers and so many, many more.
Please join us in September to experience a collection of music that celebrates the great joy, love, truth and community strength that is exemplified when many hearts come together as one.