Just got back from a weekend in the triangle tip of Virginia, near West Virginia and Maryland in a little place called Cross Junction. There, at the The Log Cabin Campground, about 40 of us enjoyed being a part of Rhythm Fest 2011. This year, I was honored to be invited to lead the singing.
Think: friendly, chill folks from all walks of life, ample drumming, bonfires, home-cooked organic meals, family friendly fun with dance lessons and nighttime performances. Come for the day, come for the weekend, and come for the rhythmic fun.
Saturday afternoon, in the muggy heat after a huge downpour, with the sun beating down on us (despite being on a stage), 9 of us got together to lift our voices in song.
Here’s a short clip from our welcome song (and, I didn’t give my camera man enough guidance to know that he couldn’t flip the phone mid-recording, so you can enjoy the second half sideways!) This song is great no matter what language you speak, or how much experience you had. We were toddlers to grandparents.
Rhythm Fest is about bringing people together to experience and explore rhythm – you don’t have to have any prior experience, or any level of skill. In its fourth year of operation, the organizers have managed to maintain a certain comforting woodsiness about it, while bringing in real talent and leaders who make their workshops accessible for all levels.
Camp in a tent, in a camper, or drive to Winchester and stay in a Bed & Breakfast and come prepared to relax into your natural rhythm of life, complete with beats that stretch and heal your brain back into its naturally open state, and fall asleep to the pounding beat of the cicadas.