Last month in New York I saw this sign in Soho and was really disturbed; I shared it with a yogi friend who informed me that this was just one of a slew of billboards posted around the city as part of an advertising campaign for Blackberry Have we really come to the place where we think that down time holds derogatory connotations? I really think that something vital is missing in our culture; particularly those of urban cultures where being “busy” is to be commended and highly regarded. I realize that not everyone is as slow as me, living in Midland amongst mostly retired folks and I’m still in my 30s, but even still, I think the “do, do do” culture has worn down our nervous systems, our spirit and our souls need some T.L.C., which usually requires doing very little.

It’s almost summer solstice, the longest day of sunlight in the year, which marks the inauguration of summer. Watching the Tony Awards the other night, I was reminded of the recent trip to New York, and thought of the picture I had taken, which seemed a juxtaposition with one of the tunes from Porgy and Bess: Summertime. Gershwin told us, “Summertime, and the livin’s easy”, and that to me, suggests that we must take some downtime. I know that we are living in different times, and perhaps people in the deep south took it easy in the summer with the extremely high temperatures, but here in Canada, thanks to global warming, we too are experiencing record highs, and in my opinion, that means we should take time to slow it down. Go for a walk mid day during your lunch hour. Sit outside and listen to the birds. In general, slow it down. Here is a link to my song “Slow it Down” for you to download for free this month, if you don’t have my album or the track. I encourage you to take time….real time (if there is such a thing…isn’t time an illusion?), and this summer: slow it down. 02_Slow_It_Down.mp3

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