It has been a long time between regular LJ posts. To be honest, I don't really see this post changing that trend. But with FB gone for me, this is the place to write. Besides, this is a better place for a thoughtful post anyway, than the microblogs encouraged by FB, twitter, etc.
I want to write about solstice. About music. Over this last weekend I had thought to compose a long entry - about solstice festivals - about how somehow I get picked as the last moment fire-torch bearer to light the bonfire, even though I wasn't part of the firetorch parade. Maybe it's just a firey vibe I give off? (Maybe the girl just thought I was cute?)
About dancing to drums around an exploding fire, arguably through the lightest of rain, though it was not noticed till we stopped. Heat scorching my face and body, but not stopping. Being recognised as the guy meditating on the seat at the bus stop from half a day earlier and half a city away, but not stopping.
I took it as a celebration not only of the sun, but as a personal welcoming-Nemo-to-brisbane ceremony. Nobody else there knew it, but it wasn't important that they did. I may have made some new friends that night. I wont know till I meet them again. Till I recognise them as no-longer new faces.
I want to write about music. A global and free music festival. Dancing in the street to marimba maestros. Calmed by excellent amateur choir in a gorgeous church. Sitting on the banks of the river for the moment of solstice, fragments of rainbows appearing out of nowhere from the grey sky to make us smile, and rock drifting over the water. Stopping to be unexpectantly entranced by an excellent pub band in the street, and then a talented young duo in the lobby of the gorgeous old theatre.
I could even write about the amazingness that is the discovery of chocolate+cherry+date sourdough loaf. WOW.
But mostly I really just want to thank kokopops for introducing me to this city anew. To people and events, and generally ensuring I'm not lonely in a city of strangers. I've been here 6 weeks now, and this place is home. Thankyou.
I want to wish everyone a happy solstice, may the planet keep turning on it's axis for you. May smiles keep coming your way...