Oh what a night
Peace comes when it is called–honestly. It can’t be manufactured, it can’t be faked or coerced. It comes and in its presence is luminous, and all that is not peaceful is sent packing. But peace is not static, it is active principle; it is law.
Opening night 2013 at the Acoustic SpokenWord Cafe was a sojourn inside the creative heart a journey into the law of two artists. Multi-instrumentalist Michael Patterson and poet/journaler Jordan Chaney brought the sonic resonance and interpretive intelligence of their life experience to the packed house. There were both serene moments of meditative clarity, and other moments filled with an emotional electricity that lit the room with feelings of “been there, done that.”
Patterson’s full 60-minute set began with a stand-up bass invocation that moved into a family-narrative Blues played on Dobro, and closed with an improvisational work that was a tour de force through a rhythmic landscape of textured sound played on an 8-string guitar.
Chaney’s work was a persistent narrative coming of age drama steeped in the learning ligature of pain and self-awakening. It was an homage to family, and the strength that she has drawn from being encircled in a bi-cultural reality that has produced a worldview that she has grown to realize that she can accept.
The evening was capped by the gifted Karla Doty, who rendered interpretations from the Sam Cook and Etta James playbooks that were awe inspiring, during the Open Mic segment of the Cafe. She closed with a rendition of Amazing Grace not like any I have ever heard that should precede all I’ve ever heard.
The next Acoustic SpokenWord Cafe is January 26, featuring poet Adrian Curry and singer-songwriter Grey Gordon, at TRIAAC, 501 E. Brackenridge Street, Fort Wayne.