Harmony: Harlem’s Celebration of Life Earth Day Concert

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Harmony, not Har(money)

Harmony is possible. It's true. But how easily it is forgotten.

Harmony by definition is "compatibility in opinion and action; congruity of parts with one another and with the whole". In terms of music, harmony is "a collation of parallel passages, especially from the Gospels, with a commentary demonstrating their consonance and explaining their discrepancies". We intend to exemplify these notions on April 22nd.

We have all of the parts we need to bring our vision to life. Now we must exercise and engage them.

I am constantly learning how to listen. I am currently working on how to not get caught up in everything that everyone says. They kept saying that what we need corporate sponsorship. But it's simply not true. And we knew this all along. But we got caught up-- thinking too fast and too far outside of our means. Discovering our means: our primary and natural resouces is the defining quality of our project. Harlem does not need Starbuck's or Whole Food's market to help it discover itself.

Reaching outside of Harlem for resources is completely antithetical to this project and our vision. It is a slap in the face and strips away the creative power and resourcefullness of people. Looking for a handout is behavior that we must not perpetuate here. It is a mode of opperating that is simply irresponsible and lazy.

A particular type support and cooperation is neccessary--it's called community support. All handouts aren't needed and many that are given aren't ever recieved. They aren't recieved because many of them do not have anything to offer their target community. For example, what does Starbuck's on have to contribute to Morningside park on Earth Day? Coffee. Are they planning to teach people how to grow coffee in Harlem? Cause it's damn sure not to promote health or economic development.

I am not bitter, just disappointed that the "Friends of Morningside Park" is choosing to "sell out" and turn Earth Day over to Starbucks.

This goes to show just how much work there is to be done.

This is a casting call for community actors, directors, producers and technicians. We are gaining support day by day.

If we need a stage for our performers, we will create one ourselves; for our health food, we will be able to cook; we will outfit ourselves, we know what looks and feels good.

With heart, mind, soul and breath we will acheive Harmony,. Music, play, and dance are all modes of harmonization, and when done responsibly we see all that Harmony has to offer.

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