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The Joy of living captured at the Clearwater Festival 2013

Submitted by on June 22, 2013 – 10:42 amNo Comment

             

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The forecasts from the weather department was nothing short of gloomy. They predicted rain, and the clouds on the 2nd day bestowed fear that those predictions would be true.

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But, the joy was in the air, the days turned out beautiful. The performers thrilled us, dancers entertained us, kids played with joy, as if the world was in their pocket.

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Acrobats, jugglers, and more filled the air with color and happiness.

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Yes, two remarkable days of bliss alongside the Hudson River at the Croton Point Park.

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I started the day by listening to native american music from Joanne Shenandoah. What a beautiful voice and such lovely earthy lyrics in her songs. One must listen to her song – Hear my beating heart, don’t steal my thunder, don’t break my heart. It was touching.

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My favorite was Mavis Staples. She is such a motivational singer, who can uplift you from the very throngs of depression or gloom. Her positive outlook, spirited performance and the depth of her songs filled the air with magic.

My new finds were Antibalas, who brought rhythm to its best.

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I also discovered Tift Meritt, a country singer and writer with an exceptional voice, who sings with passion and her heart.

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Keeping people on th toes were Red Baraat and Delhi 2 Dublin. It certainly was a curious mix for me to taste indian beats mixed with celtic notes. I loved it.

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Judy Collins was as expected simply beautiful. She still preserves her grace,charm and the beautiful voice that makes you yearn for more.

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Keeping Vieux Farka Touré the last, as African music especially Malian and Ethiopian gives me the goose pimples. His rhythmic music and voice sang on the stage overlooking the hudson river was a treat. It kept people on their toes, and had a the coastline filled with sailboats, everyone wanting to get into the beat, the rhythm and the mood.

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All this was just music, but there was more, dancing, acrobatics and more that filled the air with joy.

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I have to single out Vanaver Caravan for bringing out some fantastic dance performances. It indeed was a treat to watch dances from all over the floor at the dance stage.

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Last, I must mention a beautiful shop run by a few great entertaining people. They were selling hooplas and other acrobatic stuff, but what was exciting was their individual performances, the way they attracted people who tried everything they had in their shop, and simply lighted the atmosphere.

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I could never get tired of seeing very small kids to adults perform to the beats of the music.

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Phew! What a treat.

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Finally, kudos to Pete Seeger.

This festival was Inspired by Pete Seeger’s desire to clean up the river over forty years ago, today this Clearwater’s Great Hudson had the focus on Zero Waste and Going Green. This indeed is remarkable, with hundreds of volunteers helping this campaign, this festival indeed showed that Joy’s of life can be had while being responsible as well as being environmentally conscious.

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