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October 8, 2021Covington, Virginia
I went to the hardware store to find a waterproof reinforcement spray for the Traveling Piano's canvas tarp cover as water is now getting into the truck everytime it rains. While in the parking lot a guy engaged with me, a musician and then he began to rope me into bible talk with a question of where life is going to lead us in the end. He said through the bible only, will we make it out of this life and into God's hands. I tried to tell him that any concern, worry, drive or goal for the after life comes from people, human beings trying to instill fear for the sake of control and manipulation and the bible is their tool to do that under the guise of caring for the souls of others, for the sake of Jesus Christ. People who over indulge in the bible more often than not are missing life. They do not live in the present. The focus is on living this life for the sake of the afterlife and conversion of everyone to their ways. They are missing the "present" that life in fact is. So, after a long while, we both decided to continue the discussion on a later date with music. He is going to get in touch with me. I'm not holding my breath for that, lol.
Then, from inside the hardware store a few employees were excited the Traveling Piano was there so of course I wanted to share it with them. I am in a very poor city. It is not a slum and there is a big difference between slum and poor. It is a simple life here, not much stimulation but because of that there is also a marked difference in people saying hello to each other and I feel a caring sense of community with action or not, there is a caring for each other. Something else I have not felt in a long time, there is a noticeable lack of anger. People have their stances politically and socially but it is not in your face and people don't want it to be. There are the hardliners with the control and whatever wealth there is who are very complacent and then the have nots who just not care and simply want to be left alone. There is no territorial feel. This is helping me to embrace strangers better and not worry if they are political hacks who i am going to have to slap down before we engage. There is a lot of anger in the world right now. The Traveling Piano can help with that and I do not want to get in the way of it with my own anger.