This weekend, in my city, SummerFolk, will again take over Kelso Beach Park. One of the larger folk festivals, and certainly the largest in this area, this 30 year old event has grown to flavour the third weekend in August with music and crafts. The city takes on an ambiance eclectic as friendly talk and happy laughter is heard echoing across Owen Sound bay.
Did I sound like I was writing a tourism promotion there? I was certainly trying to. But not to convince you to come to my town and take in SummerFolk, though I’d be thrilled if you did.
No, I was trying to explain just how big this is. Valdy, Don Maclean, Bruce Cockburn, Lawrence Gowan, Trout Fishing In America, Ennis, Shirley Eikhard and so many more well known and talented people & acts have played SummerFolk.
The creationist theory (sorry, wrong one)
So many of us are creative, and it is often wondered, by greater minds than mine, if creativity is a symptom of ADHD, or maybe a product of it. The truth is that, among my musical friends, very few of them are not in possession of more than a few ADHD symptoms, if not an actual ADHD diagnosis.
So even though this weekend would have a lot of things that might keep me away, crowds, too much ambient noise, too many distractions, a schedule, it also has a lot of things that attract me, music, musical instruments, crafts, my friends, my people.
My colleagues will be there, people who write and perform music. And while this festival is called a Folk Festival, the definition of Folk for the purposes of this show is a very eclectic one. And there’s a word that attracts me every time, eclectic. It defines me, my various jobs through my life, my hobbies, my friends and my interests.
Is this the Renaissance Movement?
I’ve been referred to as renaissance at different times, and I’ve always balked at that description. Renaissance has always seemed to me to be an all encompassing and inclusive word, my interests always seemed to be more scattered, more intermittent. Eclectic is a word I’ve loved since I found it.
So eclectic is a word that describes my interests, my work, my friends and even my music, both that which I listen to and that that I create and perform.
And an eclectic music festival is just too big a lure for me to resist. So if you’re looking for me this weekend, or for many of the people that I hang out with, we’ll be at SummerFolk2013. We’ll be singing, swaying, swinging & dancing, and playing along. You should come too, look for the brightly dressed, noisy, laughing group of spectators hanging out listening to the best acts and performers. That’s where I’ll be, that’s where we’ll be.
We’ll be at large, we’ll be unleashed, we’ll be forgetting about our troubles and symptoms. We’ll be the normal people, the normal ones for a weekend. At the very least, we’ll be indistinguishable from the neuro-typicals.