Orthodox Christianity Grief, and the land of the living (Part2) Archimandrite Zacharias speaks to this matter: “We remember the prophet Isaiah who, having seen the glory of God, was called to repentance…. The Lord disclosed to His Prophet the extreme tension that exists between the fallen world and the ‘land of the living’ (Isa. 38:11, 53:8), and the great abyss which separates the two. From then on, Isaiah saw the light of this world as darkness compared to the light of the spiritual world which had been revealed to him, and he mourned within himself: ‘O wretched man that I am.’ ” It is only this overwhelming dynamic tension, this unendurable stress, the existential grief of the catastrophic personal and communal loss, that has the potential to rip us from our passionate attachment to created things and to violently propel us to noetic change, to ontological awakening, to spiritual rebirth, to metanoia: “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matt. 11:12.) Any understanding of Christianity that lacks this vision as a central and essential pillar and goal, must be a crippled and incomplete version of the ancient and whole Faith. There is no greater tragedy than that of the acutely perceptive and famished soul who can find no hope that the blessed state is in some way possible for us. And in our contemporary spiritually dense and materialistic zeitgeist, one sees this condition far too often. Such a soul must finally come to rest in despair, or in nihilist madness. In contradistinction, the ancient and Orthodox Christianity has taught since the first century (and, indeed, in continuity with the answer of Abraham, “Here I am,” and in continuity with Adam’s first breath) that the blessed state is indeed available to us, inherent in us, incumbent upon us; and further, that it is now our obligation to struggle to progress toward it; and that this state is, in fact, what the saints, both past and contemporary, through their heroic surrender to the Divine Will, have realized. Http://orthodoxedenton.com (252) 482-2006 Next month: Beginning the Course of Rehabilitation. MOJO COLLINS TO PRESENT MUSIC WORKSHOP AT DARE COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL Manteo, NC - Dare County Arts Council is pleased to announce a new musical workshop with blues musician Mojo Collins. The two-hour workshop will be held on Friday, June 6th beginning at 4pm. This event is $25 for adults, and is free for children 18 and under. Join us at Dare County Arts Council, 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue in downtown Manteo. Please call to register for this workshop at (252) 473-5558. The workshop will be a hands-on presentation of the history of folk and blues music, with an emphasis on blues and slide guitar technique. After the workshop, participants and the public are invited to enjoy a performance by Mojo Collins. About this workshop, Mojo says, “ this workshop includes history of folk and blues music, and will show how and where it originated, both in Africa, South America, and its transition into the southern hemisphere by way of Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. We will also learn how the mountain people of Appalachia brought their instruments with them from Europe and passed their musical traditions on to their descendants.” Mojo will bring some handmade instruments, which he will showcase and discuss how they were created and used for making music. Rhythm instruments also to relate to Rhythm and Blues. He will also perform with these instruments, demonstrating their sound and how they are played, including the Diddley Bow. Mojo says, “The music will enlighten and change the mood of those who listen and appreciate it… the music and rhythm provide the mood and then dancing and singing are added for enlightenment.”
A Community Introduction: Music on the Outer Banks By Derek Baker On any given day throughout the summer, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, salt is not the only thing in the air. There is something more, something that affects all of the senses: Music. The Outer Banks music scene is an eclectic mixture of people, ideas and sounds. Ranging from acoustic singer-songwriter and blues, to Folk and Rock, the music “scene” on the Outer Banks provides something for everyone. The Outer Banks is also the location of a few well-put-together festivals, including a relatively new festival that has made waves in the local and regional community: The Mustang Music Festival. Other festivals include The Duck Jazz Festival, Shallowbag Bay Beach Music Festival, and The Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival. Along with these festivals, Roanoke Island Festival Park, in Manteo, also hosts a summer-long music series, The Brew-Thru Summer Concert Series, which brings national and regional acts to the Outer Banks. Local music has become somewhat of a tradition on the Outer Banks, with major venues such as Kelly’s, Port O’ Call, The Outer Banks Brewing Station, The Pit, as well as others, hosting band nights. Although many of these venues bring in regional and national acts, they stay true to their roots by hosting local bands and musicians throughout the year. Some smaller venues include Art’s Place, Longboard’s Bar and Grill and Trio. These are only a few of the venues that host local music, with over thirty other bars, restaurants and pubs that contribute their spaces to live music. Also among the venues the support and cultivate local music is the Outer Banks Jubilee. Opening its doors last year, the Jubilee hosts its own variety shows. These variety shows combine music from all genres and ages. This venue has begun hosting an actual “Local Band Night.” Local Band Night, in which local artists are invited to perform, gives musicians an outlet to creatively contribute with one-another and to gain publicity by working together with the theater to promote local music. The next Local Band Night is scheduled for the seventh of June. There is something for everyone in the Outer Banks Music Scene. For those who like classic rock, the bands High Tide and Betty on Patrol provide a taste of days gone by with their powerhouse female front-women. Other full bands that have made an impression on the local music scene include: Jonny Waters and Company, TR3, The Zach Mexico Band, as well as countless others. For those with a taste for acoustic and solo music, a multitude of acts play on a regular basis at many of the venues around the Outer Banks. A few of these musicians include Graham Outten, Phil Watson, Scott Franson, Jeremy Russell and Laura Martier. These are only a few artists of note, joining numerous other acts in the local musical community. To find out more about these artists, and other artists that supply their talent to the Outer Banks, you can visit www.outerabankslivemusic.com. This article is an introduction of sorts. Over the next few months, the Albemarle Tradewinds will be publishing a “local musician’s profile,” in which a band, or two, will be interviewed and written about; the purpose of this is to promote the local music scene, its members, and the very make-up of what creates such a powerful and entrancing community of artists. It is the hope of this writer to make artist profiles a regular contribution to this magazine, to spotlight talent and to introduce the community to the musicians that may not otherwise be know. Included in this article series will be coverage of the festivals listed herein, as well as other events that cultivate art and music on the Outer Banks. If you are interested in being profiled, or have events that you would like to be publicized, please feel free to contact Derek Baker, at firstname.lastname@example.org.