I was struck a couple of weeks ago by what two people from very different traditions said: Joanie Madden of Cherish the Ladies and Roclan González Chavez of Kings of Salsa both talked about music being made in respectively, Irish and Cuban homes, and that everybody participated.

That's often where art begins: with people expressing themselves in their own homes. Then, with encouragement, they are singing (or playing or dancing or performing) for neighbors and extended family. The circle grows and soon those who truly have a gift for music (or dance or theater) start to perform for strangers.

In our culture of pre-recorded music and pre-packaged entertainment, that may be a rarer pattern.

Read the complete blog post by Terry Davis on the Duke City Fix.