Whenever I watch Glastonbury at home on the telly, I feel rather thankful that I’m getting a better view than the tiny dots at the back of the crowd (and that I have the luxury of indoor plumbing). However as you know from previous posts, I’m crazy about live music so I love a good festival. I just prefer the ones where you can be up close and personal with the performers and only have a few yards to crawl to your tent at the end of the night – for me that’s a perfect summer weekend.
The gorgeous weather helped to make two July weekends in a row the pinnacle of happiness for me – Furness Tradition followed by Music on the Marr, both small but perfectly formed events with something for everyone, from soulful tunes to foot-stomping bands with storytelling and dance thrown in for good measure. I’m sure no big festival can ever match them for warmth and friendliness, and it’s wonderful to have a platform here in Cumbria for young and talented musicians to showcase their skills on the same stage as world-class performers with years of experience.
It’s funny how just being in the moment can focus your attention on those moments of joy that are strangely memorable – I had that experience sitting in a pub garden in Ulverston, laughing with my son and some other young friends as we played music and drank beer in the sunshine – this is what life is all about. A combination of factors – even the Morris dancers who were making us laugh! – conspired to remind me that life is full of simple pleasures, if you take the time to notice them. We rounded the day off with a swim at our favourite tarn with the young friend we’d just made who was visiting England from her home in Vermont – another reminder of the saying, ‘A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet’. A perfect end to a perfect day.
What’s your happiest summer moment so far? Keep your eyes and your hearts open!
The Happy Virus
I caught the happy virus last night
When I was out singing beneath the stars.
It is remarkably contagious –
So kiss me.