By Hollis Taylor
Tired of the same old thing? Need something positive and upbeat? When I am looking for a live music show to see I want something that’s gonna help me lift my mood. I love music and find that I am deeply effected by the mood of the music. Sometimes I need space to scream and yell to some crazy angry song, this way I can move past those emotions. Most of the time though I am in need of soothing, comforting, positive and upbeat music.
Bright Hawk was invited back to the Laughing Goat for a concert in February 2016. She was blessed enough to follow an amazing couple Marcel & Janelle. “Michigan-formed, Denver-based duo Marcel & Janelle offer a fresh mix of IndieSoul music with a positive vibe, entertaining show & original tunes” This statement from their website is a perfect description! Marcel’s talent to create romantic mood music with his electric guitar was impressive & I have witnessed some of the best in person! I loved his style, talent, and use of technology but was mostly impressed at his super positive attitude. Janelle’s voice was electrifying to the soul! The lyrics were original compositions and I found myself impressed at their style. My favorite part though was the romantic feel to the entire show. Celebrating their love for each other fills my heart for my own personal love life. This show would be highly recommended for that special date with a new lover or a long time spouse.
Bright Hawk followed them up with some of her best original compositions! The Hang PANArt is known for its soothing vibrations. When Bright Hawk plays it, its like sinking into your most comfortable chair. The interesting and unique sounds keep it fun to listen to. Her intricate rhythms communicate the mood for the song. All of her songs on the Hang PANArt are original compositions. One song she plays on both the underneath and the top of the instrument in a way that is impressive to watch. Having the ability to keep a back rhythm with one hand and create melodic rhythms with the other. This composition she calls “Singing with Whales”. It easily communicates the gentle rocking of being in water, the soothing sensation of water is brought to life through the Hang PANArt. Her unique playing style and talents as a percussionist are impressive and inspiring on this unique and fantastic instrument.
Bright Hawk delivered small stories and tales to go along with her compositions. The audience was impressed not only with this unique instrument and her obvious skills, but of the depth her stories helped us connect to her music. Her short stories tied into where or why she composed each song. Her stories included those of loss and sadness but also of joy, celebration and even a fun Irish song/story. One of her little stories tells of when she was a child and use to fantasize about swimming with whales. A wild childhood fantasy that most of us could relate to. The stories helped set up the tone for each song, using the music to enhance the story and visa/versa. This style is like that of a folk or country singer that has stories in their music, but they usually use as string instrument. Bright Hawk uses what she calls a “Spaceship”.
Her concert was filled with tons of music, upbeat energy, and positive messages. I felt inspired and uplifted by the time the show was over. I noticed that the audience felt the same way and many people were inspired to spread love in our world. At this time the only way to experience this extra special musical storytelling journey is to catch a live show with Bright Hawk. Keep up with her schedule by subscribing to this blog or social media of your choice.
Bright Hawk productions had a substantial growth spurt this Spring and is working hard to get everything in order before the summer tour. Have you noticed the greatly improved website? We are still working on setting up all our social networking, look out for that to become more prominent. In our preparation we have done some video and photo shoots. I am grateful to have the support of a team including Hollis Taylor as business manager and Arial Taylor as a graphic artist and general office manager. Together we are working to build Bright Hawk Productions! Here is a little peak at some of the photos we too at our shoot. The excitement builds as the season begins with “Rites of Spring” in Massachusetts. This is the thirty-seventh annual Rites of Spring — “a gathering open to all who celebrate the sacred nature of the Earth”. I am excited to share my music and stories with the community in MA like I have for so many years past. This community uplifts the soul and feeds the heart. I hope to see you all there! The next part of my tour will continue with Unifier Festival, a “Transformational Healing & Expressive Arts Festival”. I am excited to come together in service with Jason Cohen for this spectacular festival. Watching this festival grow and bloom into the amazing transformational experience it is today has been inspirational. If you want to be part of a community that is creative and healing I encourage your attendance! The next part of my tour is being hosted by a generous soul in Vernon Township, NJ that will be supporting Let’s Dance tour throughout the area. We are currently booking in the NJ area including Newark, NJ – Scranton, PA – Poughkeepsie, NY. If you are interested in booking Let’s Dance to come to your nursing facility, memory care home, adult day care, independent/assisted living community, or other special needs community or event please contact Let’s Dance immediately! We are currently taking bookings for this area from June 16-25th 2015. Just in time Midsummer will enchant us when we visit New York Faerie Festival in Harpursville, NY. New York Faerie Festival, A Midsummer’s Dream, is full of “Elfin & Sylvan Folk, Wood Sprites & Faerie Folk, and All the Humans who still Believe in Magic” It is the perfect place and time to “Escape from ordinary Reality… into Magical Play!” I am excited to share the Hang PANArt to help create the magical and playful atmosphere that is the theme of this festival. I will also provide storytelling for those that enjoy the experience of live storytelling. This event is close to my heart and I am excited to be part of the magic.
We plan to carry the magic from land of the fae to York, PA where Let’s Dance is already booked all over the Central PA area including Harrisburg, York, and Carlisle. We still have a few openings for any senior/elderly community and other special needs communities. I am also available for other concerts in the area between June 29th and July 6th, 2015. July the 7th we begin our journey to Starwood Festival where we celebrate 35 years with a very important community. I am honored to be facilitating the Alchemical Fire Circle on Friday night as well as offering a Hang PANArt concert and Storytelling workshop earlier in the week. Also if you register before May 23rd you can mention this post for a $20 Rebate. We are excited about this opportunity and grateful for all the support we have had from the community. We appreciate all of our support from a simple “like” on facebook to those that are helping with transportation, hosting or networking for gigs. When we support people, businesses, and ideas that align with our values we can unite for a brighter future. Thank you for all your support! Blissings!
It is a pleasure to get to share my music in lots of different places! This week Let’s Dance will play four different senior living communities! Thank you all for your support and encouragement–it is soulful work and pleasure to share with you, your magnanimous expression of support for us is priceless!
Speaking of gratitude–none of Let’s Dance would be possible without Hollis Taylor! It is a pleasure and a privilege to learn from someone who has been of service to seniors and those with special needs for a lifetime.
This week I offer you new, short pieces, from locations around my beautiful state of Colorado.