“So crucify the ego
Before it’s far too late
To leave behind this place so
Negative and blind and cynical
And you will come to find
That we are all one mind
Capable of all that’s
Imagined and all conceivable
Just let the light touch you
And let the words spill through
Just let them pass right through,
Bringing out our hope and reason.”
– Tool, “Reflections”
On the Winter Solstice I offer you this reflection from the contemporary music group Tool.
For our own family celebration we made our second pre-dawn trek (in rain/sleet) with the Evanston Bike Club to the Seventeenth annual 6 am Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang Annual Winter Solstice Percussion Concert at Links Hall in Chicago. This is an hour-long ritual performance that uses percussion instruments from North Africa, the Middle East and East India, as well as western orchestral instruments. This includes the dumbek, tabla, rukk, conga, djembe and tambourine, concentrating on long rhythmic cycles and structured improvisations. It is a wonderful way to mark the turning of the seasons and the return of the light.
The photo above is from Negril, Jamaica, where we observed that Barack Obama has become a living symbol of love, light and learning for many people.