I am so excited! I lost, for decades, a video I made with a friend over thirty five years ago. It was a happy video featuring The Junkyard Band. I was delighted to recently see these musicians on Facebook. They are STILL actively performing! I think I recognize some of the men who were then little boys when Randi (Barros) and I made this video back in the day.
I found the original video, “19th and M”! You can watch for yourself and see what is so happy about it. It was 1985. Randi and I, young 20 something video aspirers, were both taken with the explosive energy these talented young boys brought Friday nights to a downtown D.C. street. We joined forces and made a video showing how people of all ages and backgrounds can come together with the right catalyst. It was a music “doc”. Nothing was staged; we filmed what actually happened and edited it down to five minutes. The evening was spectacular. The Junkyard Band enlivened a faceless, cold rush hour with human connection.
While writing about the Junkyard Band, I considered how the video might connect with Vivi’s Jewish Adventures. What comes up is the oneness that underlies us all. As much as I’ve come to love Judaism, with all our warts and challenges, I also love the human race broadly, warts, challenges and all. I’ll admit, my resistance to loving human beings has not been limited to Jewish people. It’s a challenge to allow that oneness and deeper connectivity to dominate. The Junkyard Band uplifts us. This positivity inspires our coming together, if even for a brief time, as one.
35 years later, the Junkyard Band is still blowing it up in the best way. Check them out on at http://www.junkyardband.us. ©
P.S. I offer a HUGE thank you to *Interface Video, Tom Angell, and the entire 1980’s D.C. video community who donated time, equipment, and a 6000 watt light to facilitate this shoestring project! Thank you to the District of Columbia who cut through reams of red tape and SHUT DOWN 19th and M Streets on a Friday night! Thank you to the gentleman who serendipitously made a surprise video guest appearance! You’ll see – think balloons. Little did he know what magic he would bring to this unknown project. And of course, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to the JUNKYARD BAND.
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