Find Someone to Riff With
I attended a workshop that went to the core of collaboration, using music as the vehicle to catalyze change - Improv as the way to get there.  One of the greatest take-ways for me was making sure that you have someone to “riff” with.  
Miriam Webster defines a riff as “a rapid energetic often improvised verbal outpouring”.
Magic happens when you have someone to riff with - on anything, about anything, about nothing at all.  It opens the channel to creativity and finds places within you that you had no idea existed.  

Find Someone to Riff With

I attended a workshop that went to the core of collaboration, using music as the vehicle to catalyze change - Improv as the way to get there.  One of the greatest take-ways for me was making sure that you have someone to “riff” with.  

Miriam Webster defines a riff as “a rapid energetic often improvised verbal outpouring”.

Magic happens when you have someone to riff with - on anything, about anything, about nothing at all.  It opens the channel to creativity and finds places within you that you had no idea existed.  

Dance when you’re broken open.
Dance when you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of fighting.
Dance when you’re perfectly free.
Struck, the dancer hears a tambourine inside her,
Like a wave that crests into foam at the very top,
Begins.
Maybe you don’t hear that tambourine
Or the tree leaves clapping time.
Close the ears on your head,
That listen mostly to lies and cynical jokes.
There are other things to see, and hear.
Music. Dance.
A brilliant city inside your soul!
-Rumi

Dance when you’re broken open.

Dance when you’ve torn the bandage off.

Dance in the middle of fighting.

Dance when you’re perfectly free.

Struck, the dancer hears a tambourine inside her,

Like a wave that crests into foam at the very top,

Begins.

Maybe you don’t hear that tambourine

Or the tree leaves clapping time.

Close the ears on your head,

That listen mostly to lies and cynical jokes.

There are other things to see, and hear.

Music. Dance.

A brilliant city inside your soul!

-Rumi

I have a palpable sense of enormous change coming in 2012.  It surrounds and permeates me and was the first breath I took in the new year.
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"Change wears my sister’s moccasins.  He stays up late and wakes up early.  He likes to come up quietly and kiss me on the back of the neck when I am at my drawing table.  He wants to amuse people and it hurts him when they yell at him.  Change is very musical, but sometimes you must listen for a long time before you hear the pattern in his music."
-J Ruth Gendler - The Book of Qualities

I have a palpable sense of enormous change coming in 2012.  It surrounds and permeates me and was the first breath I took in the new year.

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"Change wears my sister’s moccasins.  He stays up late and wakes up early.  He likes to come up quietly and kiss me on the back of the neck when I am at my drawing table.  He wants to amuse people and it hurts him when they yell at him.  Change is very musical, but sometimes you must listen for a long time before you hear the pattern in his music."

-J Ruth Gendler - The Book of Qualities

There is a rhythm to life that has its own timing, its own beat, its own life.  You have to listen closely to hear the subtle under-notes of the obvious, but when you do, there is a world of wonder awaiting.  You can’t force the music, nor can you undo what has been written and performed, but you can ride the wave of the surprising journey that you will be taken on, embracing each note of the unexpected music of your life. Endless possibility and freedom awaits those who abandon the need to know what the next note will be.  

There is a rhythm to life that has its own timing, its own beat, its own life.  You have to listen closely to hear the subtle under-notes of the obvious, but when you do, there is a world of wonder awaiting.  You can’t force the music, nor can you undo what has been written and performed, but you can ride the wave of the surprising journey that you will be taken on, embracing each note of the unexpected music of your life. Endless possibility and freedom awaits those who abandon the need to know what the next note will be.