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Bio: Based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Adam O’Connor has been a prominent member of the local jazz scene since 1999. With his annual performances at The Jazz Winnipeg Festival including his breakout performance of My Funny Valentine at a Chet Baker Tribute in 2000, opening for Cassandra Wilson in 2003,... See Full BioMore Info
I recently attended a week long workshop that taught me, if I dare sum up that wonderful event, love is the answer. I saw a demonstration akin to a Naet allergy test which showed that love is stronger than fear. Think of something you are afraid of or even angry about since anger is a bi product of fear. Hold up your arm and have someone try to pull the arm down. Now do the same thing when you have something or someone you love firmly placed in your mind. I knew that love was stronger than fear but to see how these things manifest physically was a lesson I dearly needed. For those of you have not seen my show live, you will need to have an update on the last monologue of my musical The Lush Life Cabaret. The play is essentially about how we, as a species, perpetuate dissatisfaction in and for each other. Art verses Economics, Ageism verses Wisdom, The Dream verse The Expectations. The play ends with our narrator telling the tale of her sisters' 5 year old son. "In a fit of some childhood demand he screamed out to his mother for justice as she pleaded with him for logic; a trap fallen into by many a new parent. Before her head split open spilling her brains to the floor, she raised up her arms, head to the sky and cried to the heavens, 'LOVE!!!!' "Now this boy, being raised in the community he is and with the clan he has, is quite familiar with the word. So dropping his anger he screamed back to his mother, 'LOVE!!' and the two began to laugh." "I discovered this event when I was last in my sisters home talking about life, the universe and everything as we tend to do. Suddenly from his bedroom her child cried out, 'LOVE!!!' echoed in tandem by his father from the basement, 'LOVE!' immediately followed by my sister smiling at me, 'Love.' "Easier to be loving with a child near by perhaps. However, if it were me that you next see walking down the street head held low smile hidden under a frown from some recent dissatisfaction and you cried out from across the way, 'LOVE!!" well, I would smile. Like the feeling you get when a friend simply replies, 'Awww, I'm sorry to hear that". It lets me smile a little." "A smile is a good start I think." "Imagine the bunch of us at the mall and I call out 'Love' and someone called back 'Love' followed by another and another and another, 'Love'. Wouldn't the customer service guy who maybe hasn't painted in weeks due to some recent dissatisfaction, wouldn't he be inspired? If only for a moment? And isn’t' that moment worth it? "Imagine it. A room full of people calling out for love?" And then our narrator steps to the front edge of the stage and calls out with pleasure, "LOVE!!!" to the spontaneous outcry of 300 audience members..."LOVE!!!" So my blog readers, when next you are at my show or on the avenue and you hear me cry out for love, I do hope you will fill the air with your love. Love and LOVE