Dance Party Erupts During Quaker Meeting for Worship

The Quaker Youtube video sensation, Dance Party Erupts During Quaker Meeting for Worship.

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Greetings, Friends!

TODAY I AM RELEASING MY FIRST EVER MUSIC VIDEO!

Sorry for the “all-caps,” but I have to express my excitement.  This has been a long time in the making and I only get to release my first music video once!

Plus… it is really good!  I promise.  We filmed it in April at Pendle Hill with many familiar resident faces.  The concept of the shoot was “Meeting for Worship turns dance party” and it came out so well!  …thanks to filmmaker Ben Schilling, his helper Allie and all those who graciously came to worship, dance and be filmed.

So, without further ado… watch this!

(and please – share it with your friends, relatives, relative strangers, others in your Meeting… spread the fun!  Just send them to that url!)



News and Tidings

Since last I wrote to you, I attended FGC, which was in-tense.  My performance went very well (check out my enthusiastic audience!) but besides the Gathering’s normal intensity of a week overflowing, there were a few tragedies, including a major skateboarding accident and Bonnie Tinker’s bicycle accident which resulted in her death.  Emotions ran high – Friends looked to the Spirit and to each other to guide them through grief.

Now, as promised, I get to do some fishing.  I am here at the Woolman Semester in Northern California where I am living with my brother and his wife and newborn and helping with various projects, including promotion and outreach.

So… if you know of a (more or less) high school aged teenager who could benefit from a transformational semester of Truth-seeking with other amazing young Quakers, send them to www.woolman.org!

My questions about my own near future plans remain unanswered, though I’m certain that everything will find it’s right place.  I ask for your prayers.



Further Youtubery

I believe that I mentioned once in a newsletter a few months ago that it was my intention to set out into the strange and wild world of Youtube.  I can say this much: I’ve embarked!

My Youtube channel is a place where I will be uploading videos of my performances, lectures and other visual presentations.  I’ve already put up a few:

(no more caps, I promise.)

Since most folks on this mailing list are Quakers and probably have no reason to know much about Youtube, I’ll explain:

Youtube.com is a website where anyone can register to have an account to which they may upload videos, subscribe to the videos of others or just generally be friendly (though if you’ll notice the comments section below some videos, “friendly” isn’t always an accurate description.)

If by some strange mishap you’ve found yourself with a Youtube account, you can subscribe to my videos and I can subscribe to yours!  Let’s be Youtube friends!  Alternately, you could keep up with my RSS feed (though that is an internet lesson for another newsletter…)

For now: watch, enjoy, share!  🙂

It is my intention that my art be healing, stimulating, helpful, enriching.  A source of joy, letting go, inspiration and passion.

Peace, Friend!
Thanks for Reading!
Watch my new music video!

Jon

5 thoughts on “Dance Party Erupts During Quaker Meeting for Worship”

  1. Hello, Jon – That’s not really “my” website, and my own email address is but this way of responding seemed to need a website and the Taylor wildlfe Preserve is where I live (not far from Westfield Meeting where you visited in early march ’09)

    So hooray for your release of the music video – which i will try to watch/listen to at the library since on dial-up connection such thigs are TOO, too awkward. Hooray for your being at the Woolman Semester beause every thing Iher about it is terrific, glowing. Last Spring Carl Sigmund was there and I have just returned from Phila. Yearly Meeeting where I had a conversation with Carl. He’s radiant in recommending the semester!!

    Thanks for the tutorial on YouTube, very helpful for old Luddites and dial-uppers such as I. You don’t have to apologize about wanting to make a living with your music; I don’t know how people do that these days with the internet”stealing the show” with the couch-potato generation, but you deserve to figure that out and I’ll be cheering from these sidelines.

    warm regards, Suzanne Day

  2. Congrats on creating this really neat music video. Hopefully it helps inspire both Friends and non-Quakers on the intersections of spirituality, music and dance.

    As a Quaker dancer, I found it really refreshing and fun. Great stuff.

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