Dance ‘Cross the Kitchen Floor

Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.

~ Shel Silverstein, from A Light in the Attic


How was your weekend? I hope that you had a good one. It seemed that everyone was outside enjoying the sunshine and warm weather – amazing what blue skies can do.We did have our fair share of thunderstorms this past week however, including one huge hail storm that happened during our concert of Mahler 6. It was perfect weather for the piece; the thunder and lightning outside colliding with the timpani rolls and sweeping string lines.


We’ve had a number of consecutive long days spent in rehearsals and concerts, so today’s day off was much needed. It was a beautiful day: a morning run, afternoon baseball game, walk around downtown, and then train ride home to see the family. Driving back up to the mountains with the sunset in the distance, I remembered this Shel Silverstein poem that I’d read years ago. It was so simple and sweet, just like today, and I wanted to hold both in the palm of my hand and keep them there a little longer.


I hope you get to do one of these things this week – have a little dance party in your kitchen or doodle something summery in the corner of your notebook/sheet music/ postcard from a friend. Enjoy a little moment of crazy spontaneity within your day. Happy Monday!




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