Nashville Film Fest - Inspiration Gathering
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:21PM

I love the inspirational treat that attending the Nashville Film Festival is each year.  The fodder that I got to feast on this year was the Tuesday afternoon showing of A Film About Kids and Music. Sant Andreu Jazz Band. The documentary features the story of a music class in a Barcelona neighborhood that teaches children ages 6 to 18 to "speak the language" of jazz.  Through the interviews with the director, Joan Chamorro, great jazz musicians, and the children themselves...I heard descriptive words that denote a rich environment for developing talents, resilience, creativity, and risk taking.  NURTURE, LANGUAGE, PLAY, PRACTICE, LISTEN, TRY, ENJOY, RESEARCH, STORIES, LOVE -- speaking the language.  

I have been thinking about ways to explore music in ways with all of our senses.  I've been especially intrigued with the ritual of "cleaning and caring" for an instrument.  I want to create a learning exhibit that would celebrate the tactile and technical experience this excersice is.  One of the opening scenes of the Kids and Music film featured a six year old trumpet player cleaning her instrument at her home one evening.  This quiet, sensory filled experience was visually beautiful...NURTURING, ENJOYING, LOVING...a playful pursuit.

This film would be a great inspiration break - it's lovely to think how at any age, you can explore music with all of your senses...and the love of old Jazz is fantastic.

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