Our April Tap Into Transformation was a wonderful experience of SINGIN IN THE RAIN. That’s right! I put together a tap dance based on Gene Kelly’s classic scene. I mean, who hasn’t dreamed of doing that dance? Well, we even had umbrellas, and we all danced our hearts out in the safety of a studio where no one was watching but us! This gives our participants the freedom to go for it! Yes, I would love to video it and show what a wonderful time we have every month. Maybe in the future, but for now you will have to trust me on this. Or better yet, come join us! If you want to check out the promo video for it, you will see the routine we taught. I re-imagined myself as Gene Kelly, and Jeannine does a mean Debbie Reynolds!
To watch the video click on our photo below.
For the second half of the evening Jeannine and I asked “What do you do when you encounter the storms of life?” We got answers ranging from cooking, to being out in nature, to going running, to praying.
What do you do? I’d love it if you would share it with me.
For the last three years, Jeannine and I have journeyed into an extensive study on the music of Africa. Yes, all 54 countries! It has been wonderful and amazing, and it has come to an end as of April. With Jeannine and Gary Grundei, we have created a group of songs that you might enjoy listening to and reading about, if you have not yet done so. This music is based on what we have learned and brought into our own creativity. It is meant to be joyful, entertaining and uplifting. Give it a listen. My last song is a celebration of the Borana people of Ethiopia. They are a nomadic tribe that sometimes has to go to great lengths to obtain water, especially in the dry season. They will dig wells as deep as 90 feet down. I mean huge wells! Then up to twenty men will climb down and haul water up from the depths. And they sing while they are working! This is not your Disney movie with the 7 dwarfs singing, “Whistle while you work.” This is an amazing sound to listen to.
You can click this link to go to the JOY COLLABORATIVE. Once there you can read about our work and listen to all of the songs. Here are the lyrics to the last song on the Borana people and their amazing wells.
WATERS OF MY ANCESTORS’ SOULS:
ODE TO THE SINGING WELLS OF BORANA
Lyrics and music by David Sharp
Waters of my ancestors’ soul,
may you never run dry.
I will climb down and drink from you.
I will climb down in gratitude.
Thank you for the life you give.
When the ground is dry you let us live.
I give thanks for your waters of life.
I give thanks, you keep us alive.
Waters of my ancestors’ soul.
May you never run dry.
May your waters be blessed.
May your waters be blessed.
No fighting at the well.
There’s no fussing at the well –
this sacred place with all we are
where all are welcome to life.
No money changing hands.
Just the gift of life you see.
Just the gift of life.
Waters of my ancestors soul
May you never run dry.
From the high to the low,
the water serves all
the water serves all.
Singing gratitude to the ancestors.
I will climb down and touch you there,
where life is found
in waters deep beneath the earth.
In song the waters rise
that souls may survive
when the dry season comes
we’ll still be alive.
Waters of my ancestors.
When you go to the site, there will be other links that take you to videos where you can hear how they sing and see how they bring the water up. Yes, I think it is a must watch!
Since 1981, I have been creating what I call Sharpettes. They are three line poetic renderings of words, and they help me understand the power of a single word… even words like a or the or and. I have secured a copyright for them and a trademark and have been developing a board game by the same name. I have many words for this game already, but would love to receive a list of your favorite 50 words. I will use your list to create more Sharpettes. I have hundreds of my own words, but I recently asked some teenagers to give me 50 words each that they would like to see turned into Sharpettes, and they were wonderful! I would never have thought of some of the words they came up with.
The number of words in the English language is roughly 1,025,109. That’s a LOT of words. I am at a point where I would love to have other peoples’ words to work on, not just the ones that come into my head. So please help me out and send me a list of 50 words. They can range from words you think are easy words in our language to difficult. Just send me words you like. THANK YOU.
PLEASE SEND YOUR LIST TO: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are a couple of examples of Sharpettes.
Soul searching thought; insight’s doorway
Like a meditation with heart and mind.
Peace and quiet; Stillness and calm
Like eternity whispering through one’s soul.
And finally, I am asking anyone who feels called to donate to Camp Kesem. This is a camp for kids whose parents have cancer or have died from cancer. It is a national project with individual chapters on college and university campuses. This year, the University of Colorado is in its second year of hosting such a camp, held at the end of June. My daughter, Danea Sharp, is the Director of the camp. Last year, in its inception, she served as a staff member. This camp takes kids out of their high-stress environment and into the woods, at a beautiful camp facility for a week of fun, bonding, and remembering that there is more to life than the present circumstances they are experiencing. Please check out the link below for more information. Thank you!
CLICK HERE FOR DANEA’S DONATION PAGE
If that link does not take you to Danea’s personal page, CLICK HERE for Camp Kesem, CU Boulder.
In this month of April, and as May approaches, may you have serenity, and may you have Power For Life, Now!