Because we cannot present our annual Garden of Memory summer solstice concert this June 21st at the Chapel of the Chimes, we have put together some previously unseen video footage from Garden of Memory 2006 and 2008. This is video that was shot for a documentary which was never finished. We will miss seeing you, hugging friends, hearing our favorite musicians, and being together in the magical Chapel of the Chimes. It is unfortunate that this video footage leaves out so many of our treasured performers, but we felt it was the best (and easiest) way right now to mark the occasion.
From Brenda Hutchinson:
dailybell is an aspirational project begun in 2008, dedicated to the observation of the sun every time it crosses the horizon and to sharing the awareness of that moment with others, affirming our connection to each other and the natural world: every day.
This year it is my hope that this pause at the beginning and end of every day and whatever we do in this moment—reflect, mourn, pray – can suspend us momentarily from our personal challenges and perspectives. That it can allow us to rest in a moment of grace to sense the presence of our inalienable connection to everyone.
Surround the sunset with a 10 minute observance.
Stop whatever you are doing and step outside
Orient yourself towards the sunset, even if you can’t see it
Ring a bell. If you like, hum gently with each out breath.
8:39 – 8:40
Observe a moment of silence.
This works for the Bay Area where the sun sets around 8:34/8:35.
Look up the sunset time where you live: https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/usa/
To join or share with the dailybell community: https://www.facebook.com/dailybell.sunwatch/
If you need bells, this is a good source: https://www.bellsonline.net/
other related summer solstice events by our esteemed colleagues:
Michael Zelner releases more than two hours of an audio recording from Garden of Memory 1997, on the Internet Archive (in the Community Audio collection, at
Happy summer solstice! We will all be together again next June 21st, 2022!