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Today Matt, of Where the Hell [now toned down to Heck] Is Matt fame (videos here and here), came to dance in South Amherst.

I was one of the first people to arrive, but gradually more and more people came, until we had a small crowd. There was a woman whose name was Forest--not Forest Something, or Something Forest, just Forest. She's a dancer. There was a young meteorologist, and an acquaintance of mine who does shape-note singing, and a pastor who is going to let me go up into her belfry to take pictures of her bell and who has a little daughter. There was a woman with her two grandchildren. So many people, happy to dance!

He came with just a smartphone to film with! And asked for a stepladder and a chair, and people found those things--and then for someone willing to film, and guess who was willing: wakanomori!

Here he is consulting with Matt (forgive the crummy photo; I didn't bring my camera (crazy), so this is taken with my cell phone)

Here are two pictures of the crowd that wakanomori took from his vantage point on the ladder (you can click through to see bigger) (Also, the pastor's church is over on the right as you look at the picture):

Here's the front row, where the kids were (my cell phone picture again):

After it was over, one guy called out, "You've been all over the world--what's one thing you've learned?" Matt thought about it a minute and said, "That people want to be helpful."

It's true--you could see it in action right there. A sunshiny thought.

Matt collects way more video footage than he uses in his final video, and what he got today may not make it in--but it'll be up on his website, eventually. When it is, I'll link.

Last of all, a posed shot together :-)


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May. 20th, 2016 12:52 am (UTC)
Very cool!!!
May. 20th, 2016 02:10 am (UTC)
It was so much fun!
(no subject) - thewronghands - May. 23rd, 2016 07:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - asakiyume - May. 25th, 2016 12:20 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 20th, 2016 01:30 am (UTC)
Terrific! There's so much to like here! :) For one, that's a great child in the striped top, just kicking around,doing her own thing - but then all the children - all the people - are lovely! :)
Yes, people do want to be helpful.
May. 20th, 2016 02:10 am (UTC)
That little girl is the pastor's daughter :-)
May. 20th, 2016 02:45 am (UTC)
Oh, what fun! And that beautiful scenery!!!
May. 20th, 2016 12:26 pm (UTC)
It was very, very scenic. If you come by this way this fall, we'll have to visit the library.
(no subject) - sartorias - May. 20th, 2016 12:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 20th, 2016 02:57 am (UTC)
Aww, I love Matt's videos! That's so awesome that you got to meet him. :)
May. 20th, 2016 12:26 pm (UTC)
I love them too! And he was so recognizably himself!
May. 20th, 2016 03:18 am (UTC)
That is entirely charming and actually gives me renewed hope for the human race.

May. 20th, 2016 12:29 pm (UTC)
Matt's whole experience and how it's evolved does that. I really love his videos and how they bring people together, but/and in addition to that, I really like how his approach to what he's doing has changed and developed.
May. 20th, 2016 06:29 am (UTC)
Fun fun fun, and beautiful those videos. Hope you make it into one of them so I can see you kicking up..
May. 20th, 2016 12:29 pm (UTC)
When a video eventually comes out, it's going to make it extra fun to watch!
May. 20th, 2016 10:58 am (UTC)
That's so awesome! I hope you make it into the video!
May. 20th, 2016 12:30 pm (UTC)
If I do, I'll be just a face in the crowd, but the experience was tons of fun. And I gave him a copy of my book :-)
(no subject) - amaebi - May. 23rd, 2016 12:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - asakiyume - May. 23rd, 2016 12:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 20th, 2016 11:26 am (UTC)
May. 20th, 2016 12:31 pm (UTC)
May. 20th, 2016 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! I love those Matt dancing videos. Sometimes they make me cry, but in a good way. How amazing that I know someone who is involved in the making of a new one!
May. 20th, 2016 03:40 pm (UTC)
Same here about making me cry, but in a good way. It was pretty amazing to see him in the flesh!
May. 20th, 2016 03:22 pm (UTC)
That is so cool! Great pictures! (Nice one of you and Matt.)
May. 20th, 2016 03:41 pm (UTC)
It *was* cool--great fun: everyone was so psyched. One person didn't know at first what it was all about, and then when I started to explain, recognition dawned on his face and he was like, "You're the guy from those videos--I love those videos!"

And thanks :-)
May. 20th, 2016 06:08 pm (UTC)
I didn't notice if you mentioned it but you wrote about Matt here - http://asakiyume.livejournal.com/266675.html
And now for you to start your own world tour.
May. 21st, 2016 09:54 pm (UTC)
I would love to do that, I really would.
May. 21st, 2016 02:25 am (UTC)
How awesome to witness and participate in such a happening. :D
May. 21st, 2016 09:54 pm (UTC)
It was exactly as good-feeling as you might imagine it would be.
May. 21st, 2016 06:12 am (UTC)
Very cool! After a week full of politics, it's great to see and hear something like this.
May. 21st, 2016 09:55 pm (UTC)
It's just what the doctor would order as an antidote to politics, for sure. (Workplace or national? or international?)
May. 21st, 2016 07:29 am (UTC)
Good pictures and good to see you!!
May. 21st, 2016 09:56 pm (UTC)

I'm not getting any younger, but that picture's not a bad one.

(This icon one, on the other hand, is like from ten years ago, and I probably shouldn't use it, or else I lay myself open to charges of misrepresentation.)

Edited at 2016-05-21 09:57 pm (UTC)
May. 21st, 2016 04:35 pm (UTC)
Amherst - town of my babyhood. I remember you well. Props to Matt for doing what he does.
May. 21st, 2016 09:58 pm (UTC)
I think you'd find it very little changed--in spirit, anyway.
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