What I love the most is the stuff in between. The things that happen almost by themselves. While moving from A to B. Where all of a sudden, if you keep the door open for it, there is something unexpected to find. If we are not too busy with our own preoccupation of what is going on, a lot of other things are also going on.
I re-listened to an interview with Rob Torres this Summer, and one of the ideas he talked about is still lingering with me. It has almost become a mantra or a specific focus: Remember to not be afraid of the silence. Embrace it. To stay open and welcome whatever is just there by itself and has its own life. All you need to do is to be aware, to listen, and to give it space. Scary in a way, but also very exciting!
Leonard Cohen wrote a song about it:
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
Sums it up pretty well, yes?!
This photo is a happy memory for me, that made me think about these things – it’s from a really wonderful evening in Helsingör during this year’s tour. One of those shows where everything is just nice; and plenty of room for play. Where the performance becomes so much more than what you could ever plan or prepare in advance. I guess a photo is not much, but it makes me smile because I can see the crack.
Photo: Karsten Piper