With the festive and often shiny holiday season in our midst I can’t help but think about glitter. It’s everywhere, whether you want it to be or not. It’s in my hair, in my bed, in my car, it’s everywhere for better or worse…
YES I’M AWARE OF THE HARMFUL ENVIROMENTAL IMPLICATIONS OF OUR ADDICTION TO GLITTER BUT THAT’S NOT THE POINT I’M TRYING TO GET ACROSS SO BARE WITH ME
…Anyway, one thought that crossed my mind is how like glitter, blessings too takeover your life, I guess if you allow them to. Personally I love shiny, beautiful things and I think that one of the big takeaways of this past year and my experience as a YAV is that for some strange and sometimes annoying reason I see things through different glasses The world has the ability to be beautiful as hell, sunsets are more vibrant, starry nights twinkle, musical notes linger on for what seems like a beautiful eternity and watching children grow is like this magnificent thing. Maybe it’s the feeling of the world sucking a little bit more that makes the mundane seem more beautiful. Either way I’ll take it. This blog post is about the shiniest, most glittery days of my year. It’s way overdue but whatever.
September 16th, 2017 will forever be a top 5 day in the life of Ekama. I blogged about this day. I prayed about this day. I lost sleep over this day. But it came and went and it far surpassed my expectations of what I thought the day would be.
The inaugural Milton Music festival wasn’t just a small event in some church hall in Glasgow. It was a HUGE deal. From about noon until the late hours of the night Colston Milton Parish Church was filled with people, noise, pizza, a BAR, and the most sparkly and twinkly of vibes reverberating throughout.
Absolutely nothing went wrong
the burger van flaked, the bar ran out of Magners, one of the acts cancelled which was a MIRACLE. Well not really. This feat was nothing short of the most coordinated team effort I’ve ever been a part of. Every single person who was involved with the day was so excited and so committed to this day being absolutely amazing. It wasn’t just like a years’ worth of planning, it was the culmination of almost a decade of work and people who saw a need for music and arts in Milton and came together to create this beautiful thing. Everyone involved with MAP busted serious tail to make sure the day was an event that not only they wanted to event, but also that they could be proud to share the community. Literally thinking about this makes me feel all of the warm fuzzies. That I got to be part of a team that let me tag along with them and experience all this, is such a blessing.
Merriam-Webster online defines a festival as:
(n) 1 a time of celebration marked by special observances 2 an often periodic celebration or program of events or entertainment having a specified focus
What an apt description of a most glorious event.
Here’s a recap of some of the other shenannigans I got into during my September week in Bonnie Scotland:
- Acclimating to the time and watching football and exploring Ashton Lane with David
- Carys’ birthday – cake and shenanigans with the Rowes
- Talking a walk along the canal path after church and receiving a heartwarming text from Izz
- Surveying the “damage” in the church hall and saying bye to the troops
- Day trip to Edinburgh to see an exhibit at the Nat and dinner w/ Hilary (N. Ireland YAV who now lives in Edinburgh)
- Returning back to Milton and Leonard – Leonard Grandison is probably the most interesting person I met in Milton. He’s a Guyanese immigrant who settled in Scotland a while ago. I met him at the music sessions and he has a voice that can shake the heavens. He was on the late-night bus to Milton from town, returning home from work. As we both hopped off at the terminus he was walking ahead of me humming some tune loudly and melodiously down Scarraway Street. There was just something about the moment that words fail to describe, he had not a care in the world and the only light was the street lights and it was beautiful and I’m glad I got to experience it J
- Last Tuesday lunch with Irene
- Dinner and shenanigans with OG Scotland YAVs Julie and Sam, who BOTH were in Glasgow (don’t worry we’re all back now)
- Home and off to Colorado
So like glitter, Milton and all these other moments will be the sparkles that I might never be able to get rid of. And for that I’ll always be grateful. So thanks for 2017, bring on the sparkles and blessings for 2018!!
I haven’t made y’all a playlist in a wee while, and I don’t have the time to, here’s a list of my top tracks on my iPod for 2017. Not all of them were released this year, but sometimes you gotta take it back!!
- No Limit – G Eazy
- Bad & Bougie – Migos
- Bounce Back – Big Sean
- No One Knows – Sampha
- Belter – Gerry Cinnamon
- Hand of God – Jon Bellion
- Godspeed – Frank Ocean
- Gyalchester – Drake
- Since Way Back – Drake
- Slide – Calvin Harris
- What’s Normal – Miguel
- Boyz – CharlieXCX
- Stay – Mac Miller
- Calling All My Lovlies – Bruno Mars
- Dejavu – J Cole
- Foldin’ Clothes – J Cole
- Ultralight Beam – Kanye West
- Walk on Water – Eminem
- Blessed – Daniel Ceasar
- SZA – The Weekend
- Blinded by Your Grace – Skepta
- Vibe – 2 Chainz
And I’ll leave y’all with my top musical moment of 2017. I love NPR’s Tiny Desk series. So much of my time spent in the studio in the church gave me similar vibes! Here is Tyler, the Creator’s. I love his stuff so much and listening to him grow as an artist has been a joy and a surprise! p.s. there’s lots of swear words…