Unpublished Work © 2011 Cristina Carlino
i have been spending a wonderful summer vacation in new york city. i don’t come to manhattan looking for peace and quiet. i come to change it up. this is an island with no shortage of noise and noisy people trying to be heard above the noise. what comes with it is also an unmatchable energy, innovation, invention and rhythm. and then there is “Stomp – The Musical” that my daughter, grace and i went to see the other day on broadway. if you aren’t familiar, stomp is a group of performers who create an extraordinary symphony of music , dance and colors using unconventional percussion instruments from brooms to garbage can lids, poles, to pounds of sand, bananas, basketballs and seemingly endless possibilities – including, literally, the kitchen sink. as a child, i loved banging on pots and pans and so did grace. they were our favorite and most fascinating household instruments.
now these professionally played pots and pans were dazzling to listen to plus the muscles on the arms of these musicians were strong and beautiful to look at. it reminded me how strong our spiritual muscles can grow when we create our own rhythms, break a few rules and take a risk to dance to the beat of a different drummer. our dream takes off and we may have someone or thousands of people snapping their fingers and clapping along with us. i know this to be true from how we started philosophy.
theodore roosevelt said, ”do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” when i first read that quote it took time to sink in. it helped me open to the truth that the answer to my needs is often right in front of my nose. but always somehow my need, (not always my want), is always supplied. a garbage lid, a spatula drum stick, a stomping foot to keep the beat. in the beginning years of philosophy, we were told we needed models and professional photo shoots to show our new products. but we just didn’t have the budget for it. what we did have was our own pictures. lots of them. granted they were our pictures from childhood but they were already shot, free and became part of our brand. To this day they work.
Stomp is a dream of two gifted people. once upon a time, thousands of years ago, the stick was an origin of rhythm and music . and so, thank god, we go. the beat goes on. our dreams are the mother of invention. we make a joyful noise. and we do not give up faith that all of our needs will be met one by one, right where we are to help us keep making it.