In the Blink of an Eye: The Contrast of Realities . . . Plus Details About This Week’s Airing with The Milk Carton Kids and Martin Sexton:
By Helen ~ April 24, 2013
Boy. What a contrast of realities: Nick and I very recently took a rare and much needed week off, burned some miles and went to Hawaii (Maui) for a week. Stayed with friends for a few days at their beautiful home on the water; then went slightly ‘up country,’ as the locals say, to a place called Lumeria for the rest of our break (Xorin, nice job! What an incredible spot you’ve created for weary travelers such as we). In the blink of an eye, relatively speaking, we were transported from snow-laden Colorado (the day we left followed a 14-incher; it dumped snow again while we were gone, for a good portion of those days) to postcard perfect 80 degree sunshine and tropical breezes. This works, we thought to ourselves (a little smugly I might add). We returned several days later to a 60 degree difference in temperature (from 84 to 24). And we’ve just gotten over another huge storm.
Contrast of realities there.
We were so blissed out after a week of chill time in such a beautiful area; being near the water was especially soothing. Neither place we stayed had a television; and we were off-line for the most part; so we were basically out of touch with the real world to a large extent. Our last night there, Nick went online to check email; “Hmmm,” he said, “It seems there was some sort of tragedy at the Boston Marathon.”
What an innocent understatement.
When we arrived back in Colorado, we heard details of the bombings and felt what most of the rest of you had been feeling for those past few days. It seemed so impossible; how could someone have done this? Why? In the blink of an eye, that contrast of experience was once again apparent, but this time in a monumentally tragic way.
And then, to think of the contrast of realities between those who are in Boston, either directly or indirectly impacted by that deed, and those of us safe and untouched but horrified, here and in so many other spots in place and time. Which then leads me to think of the innocent citizens in Iraq and Syria and Somalia and elsewhere, who’ve been dealing with this kind of trauma for years, just trying to live their lives, provide for their children, be safe.
Wow. Things can change so quickly. In the blink of an eye.
I count my blessings in this moment in time. And, again, send deepest sympathies to all those impacted, directly and indirectly, by this sad and horrible event.
Seems odd to shift to show info, but for those of you who wish to hear details about this week’s program, here they are:
eTown welcomes back long-time friend and guest of the show, Martin Sexton. It’s been a couple of years since Martin was on the show, so we’re very happy to have him with us – a consummate showman and an incredible talent, he shines once again this visit.
Also joining us, for their very first visit to eTown, is the up-and-coming folk duo, The Milk Carton Kids. In just a short time, these two remarkably gifted guys have been making huge waves in the music world. The band’s populist approach of giving away their music for free – combined with their talent and passion for live performances – has met with immediate success and interest from record labels, resulting in the band’s recent signing to Anti- Records. These two young artists are amazing musically; they’re also quirky, smart and hilarious – which you’ll quickly learn (their conversation with Nick is priceless). Really, really nice guys, too. A sincere pleasure to know them.
All that, and an inspiring E-Chievement Award too. This one is a classic eTown program.
If you need a lift to your spirits, tune in to the broadcast this week, or podcast it. It’s a hopeful, inspiring and at times playful program. (Here are a few videos of musical moments from that show, too, for you to check out.)