Saying Goodbye to Summer 2011

It happens every year. In April, I make plans for the summer then Labor Day rolls around and I wonder where the time went.

This year was no different. When the weather began to get warm, I planned my summer: free concerts around the city, Shakespeare and other plays in the park, dinners and get togethers with friends at some of our favorite outdoor restaurants, picnics and reading a few books on a blanket in Central Park, watching old movies at twilight in Bryant Park, concerts in Prospect Park, and trying my hands at something different.

Then my friend Elizabeth, who blogs at Mirth and Motivation, posted a few of her music picks and introduced us to Somi, a singer I’d never heard of. Off I went to Google to find her and get more of her music. That’s when I discovered that she performed all over the city this summer, including at Summerstage with, of all people, Hugh Masekela. She also performed in Prospect Park with Oumou Sangaré and Seun Anikulapo Kuti.

Where was I and how did I miss these? I usually have my ear to the ground and a good network that keeps me up to date on happenings in the city. Whatever I miss, they catch. What happened?

Looking back, it feels like I did nothing. But I know I did. I must have. Or else, how would I have gotten to September without driving myself nuts?

Summer underscores how fleeting time is. To counter the notion that I did nothing, I went back to April in my mind to see what I did.

There were a few highlights. The biggest, my two weeks in London and Paris and meeting my new nephew; antiquing in Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA; seeing the Spanish Gardens exhibition at the New York Botanical Gardens, and discovering new places and new restaurants close to home.

But the one thread that ran through my entire summer was the preparation for my sabbatical in Jamaica. I haven’t started writing about it yet because there’s much that I’m dealing with, emotionally and psychically, and I want to respect the process. There are a few more things to put in place but once they are, I promise I’ll share.

In the meantime, please enjoy these selections from Somi, who I’m listening to as I write – Ulale Malaika Wangu and Ingele.


6 comments on “Saying Goodbye to Summer 2011

  1. Thanks for sharing, Marcia!
    You’ve probably done too much to remember it all. One thing you did this summer is hip me to a great new (to me) singer! Music is truly a universal language–having no idea what she’s saying makes the song no less enjoyable. I really like Ingele. I also like the blog title “Mirth and Motivation”. Heading over to check it out now. See you in JA!


  2. And, you didn’t even know about the Storm King park.

    Such a big place and so much happening!

    I certainly respect process. Looking forward to reading your reflections.

  3. Hahahaha, now you’re making me laugh. Thanks for saying that. We – I tend to beat myself up a bit sometimes. It’s good to be reminded that I did my best.
    Well, thanks again for Somi. Another blogger read my post then posted her video on Facebook and some other people commented. I’m bummed that I didn’t see her. I’ll have to keep my ears to the ground now so I don’t miss her.
    You’re welcome, Elizabeth!

  4. Girl you had me laughing with your reflections on the summer… You did the best you could and plenty enough. We learn from each other and pick up new stuff along the way… Somi was a great find and Susana Baca, whom you clued me into, is now a favorite.. It’s all good. 🙂
    TY for the mention, the sentiments are mutual. 🙂

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