Creating the new economy

Creating the new economy

By By M.L. Simon

The Fourth of July is here and gone again, and I must say this is the time of year I feel most religious. My religion is America. No doubt this is not the Kingdom of Heaven; far from it. If you have been reading me for the last year or so, you know I am critical of America and her faults, drug prohibition especially. But like any community of worship, the truth of America’s ideals and the efforts of the American people bring this country closer to its ideals every year. For this I am eternally grateful that my mother’s parents left Romania and my father’s parents left Russia at the turn of the century. We are all—even the American Indians, if anthropology is to be believed—immigrants here. What joins us is our shared ideas of individual freedom and the opportunity to express our creativity in enjoyable and constructive ways. Besides celebrating our past, I want to look into our future. What can be done to make our country and our city better, more productive places to live?

This country has been in the lead for the last half century in using human potential and creativity to make the world a better place. The coming century is going to be an even more creative century. We want our town to participate in the American adventure even more than it has done in the past. Let’s look at what it takes to attract creative enterprises and people to a city like ours.

The first thing we need is educational institutions of all kinds. Technical education, arts education, history education, music education, and every other kind of education you can think of, because creative people are attracted to other creative people. A vibrant music scene is critical because after a hard day engineering the new economy, the engineers, technicians, teachers and builders who make it happen like to relax to the sounds and vibrations of their choice. The music scene here is vibrant and getting better, thanks to the efforts of this paper and the local musicians. We have good venues and great musicians. Music of all kinds.

This brings me to a music scene that is near and dear to my heart. Drumming circles. This is a revival of an idea prevalent on the West coast, drummers getting together to drum for hours on end. And not just professional drummers, anyone who hears the beat can join in. The first citywide drumming circle that I heard of was on the Memorial Day weekend this year. Unfortunately, the weather was very cold and only about 30 or 40 people showed up for Drumming Until Dusk. But those who did come had a wonderful time. There was a gazebo to keep the people and drums dry in case of rain. We had a few sprinkles, and we had a charcoal fire to warm our hands.

On July 6th from 1 to 3 p.m. there was a drumming circle in the same place as the last drumming event, Alpine Park next to the Colonial Village Mall. People were invited to bring kites, Frisbees, children, and picnic baskets to Afternoon Drummers. There were several park-provided grills. I must also admit that I had a personal interest in this event, my son was involved in putting it on. So all you creative types—engineers, technicians, artists and musicians of all kinds (we had a wonderful guitarist at the last event) were invited to join the fun.

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M. L. Simon is an industrial controls designer and Free Market Green. (c) M. Simon – All rights reserved.

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