Never Never Sit Still – Be Like the Wind

Never never sit still

Never Never Sit Still – Be Like the Wind… I am a location poet. Poetry comes to me only on lakes in upstate New York. Try as I might, it evades me anywhere else. The featured picture on Wikicommons is entitled “A Windy Day by the Sea”. I thought it would best portray wind in a poem given to me by the “Oquaga Lake Spirit.”  Oquaga Lake is in the United States . [1]  It is to found in Broome County  of the state of  New York.

Never never Sit Still is found in this book of poetry.
On certain lakes everyone can feel a special kinship with nature. Oquaga Lake has been my special place.

Never Never Sit Still – the poem

So what is my connection to Oquaga Lake? There is a resort on the lake. It is called Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. I was their house piano player for about 15 years. Their “season” lasted from Memorial Day until Columbus Day. This was almost five months of solid piano employment annually.

Image result for picture of Oquaga Lake on DSOworks
I got to accompany the finest entertainers in show business- The Sgro Brothers and their Harmonicas.

My duties began with the tour around the lake on Scott’s Showboat of Song. This was at about 4:30 pm. Then I would play an afternoon Show. This was followed by the dinner hour, ballroom dancing, up to 2 feature shows and after show dancing. Last dance call was often about 11:30 pm. This assignment was seven days a week. Here are the words of the spirit’s poem- Never never sit still. 

 

Be like the wind to renew:
Circulate and blow through.
Keeping in motion is youth’s potion,
Never, never sit still.

Air that sits in mass
Stifles and doesn’t pass.
It grows stale and makes one pale:
Never, never sit still.

Swamp decays on stillborn days,
The stagnant calls for storm.
Keep the heart pumping
Keep the mind thinking:
Never never sit still.

This poem has numerous hidden meanings and teachings on the subject of breath. They will be covered in future blogs. Below are a couple of internal links about my current employment.

The Oquaga Spirit – DSO Works

Aura Lea: Theme and Variations for piano – DSO Works

Above is a sample of my piano playing at the Gasparilla Inn.  I ‘ll be there for my 10th season this coming year. It was built in 1911 and is in the Department of the Interior’s National Historic Registry> Details in the event link.

Tenth Year Entertaining on the Steinway at the Gasparilla Inn

December 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – April 20, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

 

 

 

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