“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” ~ Osho
I know a lot of people at this year’s Appalachian Studies Association conference, and that’s a mighty refreshing thing for me. Errol Somay was a most awesome running buddy, seen below after a thought-provoking roundtable talk on what and who constitutes Appalachian Music (I bought a t-shirt [above] to help everyone pronounce that correctly]. While I don’t always buy into the academizing of the region and it’s people (I feel that way about most everything because, frankly, you can argue a point so much that you beat the love right out of it), but I do absolutely buy into the spirit in which it is meant, for that spirit is usually genuine love. I haven’t met a person yet in Appalachian Studies who doesn’t adore the region and her people, and want to help spread the good word, broaden understanding, and change the stereotypes. Even the coat-tail riders have their hearts in the right place, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.