East Bay Community Music Project

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EBCMP stories: Bridget Harcey

Board Member Bridget Harcey exudes pure glee as she tries playing bass for the first time, at one of our Sunday Gatherings

Meet Bridget

For the past several years, Bridget Harcey has regularly attended our Sunday Gatherings, Seasonal Festivals, and Family Campouts. We are delighted that she recently joined the Board, where she now serves as Board Secretary.

Bridget has a busy life with two young children, so we were curious to know what inspires her to invest her time in the East Bay Community Music Project. Recently we sat down with Bridget to learn a bit of her story…

What was your musical experience before you discovered EBCMP?  

“Growing up I just listened a lot to the radio, and my mother singing and playing her guitar, and campfire times, and anything surrounding our church. I was in chorus as a teenager. And then it was me just liking music, but not having a lot of direction, because I didn’t have any formal training. Mostly I’ve been an appreciator and a joiner-in when I could be. And I always wanted to be a musician!

What was it like to walk into an EBCMP event the first time? 

“I did a lot of dance in college, sometimes with music, and I have always gravitated towards something that gets me moving and vocalizing and breathing…Walking in to my first Sunday gathering was exactly that!  Once you start moving and breathing together with others, it just shifts you back to center somehow. I have that same feeling every time I go, and it becomes more and more familiar every time. And there are always new people, and it doesn’t matter, everyone is welcome. It’s just a safe context in this intense world!”  

What impact has EBCMP had on the way you interact with your family or your other communities?

“EBCMP has been an antidote to stress, first of all!  And I would say it’s growing me out of my inhibition, because I would not normally start singing or dancing, or showing joy in that way.

Yet I feel much more free to do that now! I have led music in a large group context at my work, and —even if I was shaking the entire time I was doing it— it was well received.

And in our family life, my children and I…we’ve got another common language besides English and the touch that we have. We have this language which is music and movement, which lets us connect in a new way.”

What made you want to serve as a Board Member?

“Because this is something I love. I have come to love this community, and this kind of sharing, and I realize it’s actually very rare, but it’s so fundamental to human existence at the same time. 

And it’s one of those things we’re being isolated from, in the modern day…being together with others in an accepting way.  I see this concept in my children, and it’s a concept that they will own always, that music and community and movement, they just belong together!

If, like Bridget and her family, you believe that music and movement and community belong together, we hope you will support us financially and/or attend one of our upcoming programs. Learn how you can get involved.

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The Ballad of Summer 2019

I’ve traveled more in this past year
Than in all my years before.
So many songs, so many stories,
My heart: it still has room for more.

This is the year I left my job
And turned to do the work of the heart.
More time with my kids, more time with myself,
Still feels like I’m at the very start.

We had a lot of rain and flood.
Think and thank the earth.
Save the beautiful earth
For the next generation.

This year we found many friends.
My children started speaking English.
And visited many places
And studied many other subjects.

Oh, it is the month of June,
To celebrate, we cannot hide.
Rainbow flags are all around:
I wish you all a happy Pride.

Seeing kids that are caged
Really makes me feel enraged.

This Summer, we built a cottage.
We hope to find out soon
If it will be finished
By the next phase of the moon.

People sometimes move away,
And force us all to rearrange.
They’re on their way to Portland now:
Always ways to grow with change.

This year my first cousin was born.
Harriet was her name.
I started playing on a soccer team,
And watching lots of World Cup games.

In the past year
I learned so much.
I tried new things
And worked hard.

When I went to protest,
I saw teachers and allies doing their best
To fight for educational justice
Without rest.

This year my parents turned forty.
Yesterday my birthday came.
My brand new cousin was just born.
Harriet: that’s her name.

When the teachers went on strike,
I wanted to make things right
So all people can learn
To get along, and read and write.

When a bomb hit Sri Lanka
Oh, I was so surprised.
There are lots of friendly people.
It’s a place where I resided.

Morfar was a kind man.
He was never angry at me.
I loved him so much
And I miss him terribly.

On Tuesday,
I am going to turn 6.
I am going to have a lot of fun,
Playing with my friends.

Alexandros started preschool
In the fall last year.
He bakes and chops and draws and plays
And found some new friends there.

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