Saturday, March 17, 2012

Modern-day Minstrels

Tonight, I am going to a new movement around the world; a type of concert, one in which I will be feet from the artist with no artificial enhancing sound system. Like traveling minstrels and kobzars of the past, these contemporary roving musicians perform in people's homes to a small audience with acoustic instruments singing songs and playing tunes. I am fortunate to be able to see the one of the first few people who supported this idea, Susan Enan (

Minstrels of this nature appeal to my spirit as those who seek to retain the purity of the messages conveyed in songs. As a songwriter herself, she has traveled the world performing in some typical and also some rather unusual surroundings. But the real message behind her chosen vocation is that of following your heart and being open to that moment when true inspiration arrives. Unlike those who follow the crowd, Ms. Enan has chosen the road less traveled finding along its path the real meaning to her life.

I admire those who hear the beat of a different drummer for it is from which those hearts, minds, and ears art flows. Her dedication to spreading this movement brings life lessons from which we all can learn. I feel honored to soon be in her presence and share a moment in time I will not soon forget.

Seek out such venues for yourself at websites like,,,,, and the like (search for "house concerts" in your favorite search engine).

Yours for higher fidelity,
Philip Rastocny

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