Joan and Joni

A Photo a Week Challenge: Music challenge by nancy merrill photography

In most countries, culture is infused with music. It is part of history as well as current events. Like other art forms, music not only tells the story of an era, but also helps to shape it. During times of war and conflict, popular music becomes more nationalistic and patriotic. During the Great Depression, popular music not only lifted people up, but also spoke of the struggles of many. When a place is experiencing peace and prosperity, popular music is usually more bubbly and lively. One thing that popular music has always done is shock the older generations.

So what’s your favorite music?

In a new post created for this challenge, share a photo or two that includes music in some form or other.

Almost everywhere you can go out to hear live music every night, most of the time it is in a bar or coffee shop. The downside of those venues is that most of the time there is lots of noise, very few people come to hear the music, but rather to party and talk. In the area around D.C., however one can find a house concert somewhere within driving distance.

So what is a house concert? you ask. It is music just as the name implies. From Wikipedia “A house concert or home concert is a musical concert or performance art that is presented in someone’s home or apartment,…”

Last weekend was just such a time. I’ve seen this duo once before, so when they came back for a second time I made sure I had a seat. Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin, both with some classical voice training, sound as much like Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell that with your eyes closed it’s hard to tell that you are not hearing the original performances from the ’60s and ’70s. This time they were performing to a crowd of about 60 in the livingroom of a couple I know.

Most house concerts I know of have a “suggested donation” – all proceeds go directly to the performers. And the ‘dining room’ table quickly fills with some finger food. During the intermission and afterwards the performers nosh along with the audience. It’s a fun-filled way to listen to good live music. The two local venues I go to have musicians from all over the US, Canada, and Europe.

Author’s note: Not the best shot, but from fifth row in a full living room with an iPhone, that’s the best I could do.

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About Mike

I'm an avid bicyclist, that also enjoys Kayaking, Nature Photography, Cross Country Skiing and Geocaching. There's nothing more boring than sitting indoors in "good" weather.
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One Response to Joan and Joni

  1. Wonderful post! My sister and her husband frequently host house concerts for students at the two nearby universities (Utah and BYU). Their son will soon be off to Utah Valley University to study music, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing students from that music program grace their home soon, too. 🙂 House concerts are so much fun. Thanks for joining the challenge!

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