As some of you know when I was in high school I marched in a drum and bugle corps called The Mandarins. And while they are consistently in the top 20 in the country these days, i was part of the early years a rebuilding time when we went from from scraggly corps to national champs. A wonderful time in my life to say the least. Much of what moved me about drum crops was the amount of power that a group of people could generate if/when they worked together. A few years ago I finally took my kids to a corps show and while there were not sure what to expect, when the the corps started and pushed forward with walls of sound, they too were moved. I stumbled upon this video of the Santa Clara Vangaurd and a simple 90 second warm up of the horn line. This is the corps that I always wanted to be part of but was never quite good enough. SCV is classy, precise and powerful as the come. And with all due respect to you marching band peeps out there, there is nothing as powerful as a hornline that is playing beyond themselves. In another video the instructors says to them, "play from your soul, always play from your soul." They do.
Def worth your 90 seconds, just make sure you turn up your speakers!
And not to forget you drumline peeps, here is one for you too.
I am going to try and post at least one image each day for all of 2010. Yep, 365 days of the world through my eyes as seen through the lens of my iPhone. I am sure it will be a mix of people, sites and other random images that cross my line of sight each day and spark some kind of reaction.. The first one was taken at the Plaza Grande Museum in Phoenix, AZ while on a family gathering.
“Peace it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
Thank to all who have asked for this. This is a compilation of many different benedictions that I have heard throughout the years, no originality claimed, just some great opportunities to share it.
Go forth into the world
With compassion and justice in your heart
Give voice to the silent
Give strength to the weak
See one another
Hear one another
Care for one another
And love one another
It's all that easy
And it's all that hard
Now may the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ
The love of God
And the power of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all, now and forever more