Time travel. It can be a wonderful thing, sometimes. Walking the overgrown paths of memory; revisiting people who have touched our lives in days gone by. It’s good to visit the past, once in a while. But it’s sad when we don’t walk those paths until the loss of someone who has touched our lives has passed beyond the walls of this life.
On Monday, June 10, 2013, two beautiful people were called away from us. By God, by the Universe, whatever. Two stalwart members of the group It Is What It Is (IIWII). Personally, I never did see them often enough. Too tired when getting home from work, or already had plans. They would be playing again soon at Banter, right? Sure, we’ll make it over, roast our mouths on some pure garlic hummus, and enjoy some rhythms and improv dancing. That time is gone, now, and only memories remain. I’ve tried to gather here some of those memories from over the years. Not nearly enough, but perhaps enough to remind us of the joy, the contentedness, the trance, and the dance, of participating in a percussive offering to the universe.
The last time I remember talking with Amrit was at Banter, in Denton, after one of Cathy Barton’s shows. I was asking after Tony’s health. I didn’t take any pictures there, because we were just hanging out and having a couple of beers. It was good to talk to Amrit and say hello to Sandra.
This is a video I made at one Kismet Stage Dallas show. I don’t think I ever got around to publishing it. IIWII played intermission, which lasted pretty much as long as bellydance intermissions usually last. IIWII playing, joined by Melodi dancing for a little while. Because some music just needs to be danced to.
It was good to see IIWII at Kismet, or at the occasional venture into Banter Denton. I send my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones and friends who were closest to Amrit and Sandra.
Miss Red was fortunate to experience IIWII live, as they provided music for one of her dances. This was quite a while back.
Sandra and Amrit have departed our world, and are playing in the next. But hopefully this little corner of the world will help you remember who they were, and what they offered to those around them. We will miss you, Sandra and Amrit.