saturday, i realized and came to the conclusion that i am most definitely going to miss the culture of new york. the salad bowl that this place is, i love it. everything all wrapped into one. as i was sitting on the 1 train uptown with sr. mary lou andes, as i was recalling some of the key events that led me to new york, and recalling some of the beautiful moments that i will forever treasure in my heart from this city, i looked around me, looked into the eyes of each of the people sitting near me on the subway, and thought to myself…wow, i’m going to miss this.
sr. mary lou invited me to accompany her to the city college of new york’s talent show, where one of her former students who she taught in 2nd grade, was going to be performing. it started at 7pm, and we saw that it wouldn’t end until 11pm! ah! but of course, what ended up happening? we definitely stayed, and i LOVED it! wow, so fun! it actually didn’t start until 8pm, but that’s cause there were technical difficulties. it was ok, the audience was thoroughly entertained by music videos and group jokes and college chants…some, inappropriate, but you know, that’s what happens when it is not necessarily acknowledged who exactly is in the audience – it’s not just college kids, folks!
the night was full of hip hop performances, some covers, some students straight up performing their dance routines, spoken word, guitar playing, soulful singing, and two emcees that were pretty much hilarious and yes, equally entertaining. it was amazing to me, to be in the college setting again, but moreso, to thoroughly enjoy the artful expression that the students were using. yes, the majority was in the mode of hip hop style, and i thought to myself, wow, i love this. i was never someone who cared for this before, but something about being in new york, and being around a diversity of style – not just cultural, ethnic diversity, but the fact that there is just so much to look at, always, that energizes me, and i love this. a lot.
never did i think i would fully embrace hip hop culture as i realized i did, this past saturday, but truly, i have new york to thank for that. we eventually made it home, and as i walked into columbus, i thought to myself, dude, i had fun tonight! and that, was that.
i hear that country music is really big in baguio. this is gonna be interesting, that’s for sure! i am going to need to learn some taylor swift and carrie underwood…hmmm…the possibilities!
and with that, the ball is rolling…the days are going by…the calendar is filling up, and i have thoughts that have yet to be shaped into poems. i’m doin it.