Music = Ideas

On Saturday night we went to see our talented friend Stanton C. Jack perform his Duo Romantico with Shannon Rowe; a beautiful selections of songs arranged for the classical guitar and flute. They played at St. Andrew’s Wesley, a United Church in Vancouver, on a rainy rainy October evening. Check out Stanton’s recording of him playing Concierto de Aranjuez – II Adagio.

As I’m sitting there listening and enjoying the music, zing! This idea zooms in from the right and plunk! There it is – a solution to a sticky bit of a conference design I had been thinking about earlier that day. I wasn’t thinking about it (or anything) while I was listening to the music but all of a sudden there it was.

And later it got me thinking how I might incorporate gifts like Stanton’s into conferences, meetings, gatherings, and convenings. Not where the live music is relegated to the breaks, but an actual part of the design experience. To accompany an invited reflective pause as we shift from one question to the next, or at the end of a circle check-in where Stanton offers an in-the-moment song back as a kind of heart-felt harvest.

There was live music and song at Margaret Wheatley’s event I attended last year, but with the singing I found I was listening to someone else’s words instead of there being the space for my own insights to come forth. So I find myself leaning towards the kind of musicality an artist like Stanton could share with a group. Good noodlings for this conversation designer.

Stanton C. Jack playing Allegro Solemne / La Catedral – Augustin Barrios