It’s the Little Things You Do Together

Thinking about our Great Wide World


Okay. You launch a blog. You run off to the other end of the world. Literally. I’m absorbing so much so fast, it’s hard to post anything yet. But here’s a snapshot: the end of the day in Temple of the Sun Park, Beijing. In various corners, under various trees, ordinary folks gather to make music. Under one tree, two violinists and a classical opera singer working through a score together. She’s a heck of a soprano. All three are senior citizens.  Not two trees down, with plenty of sound bleed, a guy works on his flute. Just up the hill in a gazebo we have another guy wailing away with his portable karaoke system including mic, amp, speakers and lyrics coming through his phone. The park is filled with music. An official strolls with a decibel meter making sure that everyone stays below the permitted sound level. It’s absolutely astonishing. People living their music together out in a park, providing a soundtrack for children playing with grandparents, folks practicing their t’ai chi and an oil painter putting the finishing touches on his giant three-empresses-in-a-fantasy-garden masterpiece. It’s a wonderful world. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

© i.e. ideas expressed 2011

About Amanda McTigue

Author. Director. Teacher. My debut novel, GOING TO SOLACE was named one of four "Best Reads of 2012" by public radio's KRCB "Word by Word." A collection of short stories, "Convergence," is due out in 2015. A second novel, "Monkey Bottom," will follow.
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One Response to It’s the Little Things You Do Together

  1. Rebecca says:

    Wow. The soundtrack of it all. Wow.

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