Saturday, June 25th, 2016
Vancouver, British Columbia
Making Saturday Perfect
It was great to meet Ned again. With his pic he was plucking away at his unplugged guitar, something he's likely to master-- as he has the saxophone. Ned was born in Pittsburgh, now resides in New York, and has a fabulous career of music sharing, including having played for Harry Connick, Jr. He's travelled the world.
What an honour it was to have him join in with our bhakti (devotion) team players at kirtan this evening. It was the guitar playing that embellished our kirtan, which serenaded the evening at ‘Karma Teachers,’ a venue off of Hastings Street in Vancouver.
This location in an old four story shack-like warehouse, with a charm of its own, is a haven spot in a very challenged neighbourhood. It's not the first time I've been at ‘Karma Teachers,’ where a form of aerobics with mantras is taught.
An old buddy of mine, Toshan, had taken me for a stride along a trail by the Frozen River before coming to an enthusiastic group of youthful folks at ‘Karma Teachers.’ Really this group loves kirtan, which is all about sacred sound. Accompanied by vocals, where I took the lead, we had Anirudha on harmonium, Damodara on mridganga drum, Nitai on kartals, Nitai Priya on djembe, all while Ned was on guitar, giving it all a special treat.
If you want to threaten a "Saturday Night Fever" of sorts, the recipe is: kirtan, sacred food, dance, and some words of inspiration. That's all!
May the Source be with you!
3 miles/5 km