Since a very long time, I had dreamed of getting together my close kinship and
friends in order to propose them a time of conviviality thanks to music, dance and songs (to me, inseparable from
a successful fiesta).
Here's the text of the invitation :
Friends and kinship,
you are invited to a little soiree on Saturday
At Arinthod, on the Jura Plateau,we embark you to the Jeanne of Arc showroom,at 8:30 PM if you agree !
On some playful melodies, we'll dance.
But you too, do think what you could share
with all of us :
do bring a few fruits, a cake, a refreshment...
And also, funnily, your poems, your songs...
all kinds of music, your tales, your playlets,
your collective games that on this evening will warm up the hearts !
The activity itself began by dancing music
thanks to my accordionist students, musician friends and folk singers. Every dance first was explained : How ravishing
it was to see how most of the guests began the game and appeared to well enjoy themselves dancing (or watching,
for the ones less audacious.)
Roger and Sylvie who hadn't met before played together one gavotte that they had learnt each singly, from a score
found on the Internet.
In a second time, people approached their seats to hear the songs that Roger played at the piano, trying to distinguish
then sing them. So, the older ones enjoyed to singing "La cage aux oiseaux", "Les corons",
"La maladie d'amour" .
Then, the guitarists took their instruments and accompanied the songs that beforehand I had chosen and sent by
tape to a part of the guests, in order to be sure that we would have a common repertoire (significant of thoughts
that suited me.)
The program continued with Emmanuel who narrated a traditional tale embellished with sound effects ( horn and bird-call),
bringing some imagination to that story, a little devilish!
The evening followed with music : again sung or played dances. Then, an interlude "gift-surprise" where
I got one folder full of kind messages, as also one "Bohdran" (Irish drum) given by my musician friends
who had pooled together.
The echoes collected on the next days confirmed that all the guests had enjoyed to participate at that fiesta and
had appreciated its warm ambience.
For me, I am very grateful to everyone who contributed to it.