Inspired in Oakland ~ Dancers by the Lake

On our bikes headed home, we happen upon this fun dance and drum troupe at Lake Merritt. The crowd gathers…

On our bikes headed home, we happen upon this fun dance and drum troupe at Lake Merritt. The crowd gathers…

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Not sure the cultural bent of these wonderful dances and music; the lyrics sounded Spanish, rhythms; African-Caribbean- mambo plus. This in itself is Oakland; a multi-cultured blend. The singers sang and called out, the dancer- moved in response, large flowing skirts and fluid moves- beautiful.

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In the Key of W

Music

in the key of Wind.   

The orchestra serenades

bringing the girl 

from Ipanema all the way

across the salty

lake and through 

my

Window.

c. Tara Linda

Small Stones-  observations in the moment

On some days the Oakland Symphony rehearses on the gazebo of Lake Merritt, a few miles away.  I remember this only when happening upon them when walking.  Today, it’s very windy. Their music fills the house.