Matthew Reese

MATTHEW REESE

Member

Aspiring philosopher, dancer, writer of some brand, folk musician


What’s your story?

Matthew Reese (2)My limited concertina and whistle skills unexpectedly propelled me into the New England folk community. Away from my home in the hills of East Tennessee, I found my unsettled-self playing music for my sister’s Morris team at a dance weekend near Boston. That’s where I was hooked, not just on contra dancing, but also on the folk world in New England. My involvement in that world slowly expanded to include art, music, food, stories, and laughter as well as dancing. It also grew to envelop my academic world rather than simply parallel it.

I am a student and aspiring philosopher (that is, “A human being who constantly experiences, sees, hears, suspects, hopes, dreams extraordinary things,” if you ask Nietzsche), who is taking time “off” before returning to graduate school. I expect those years and beyond to be filled with extraordinary things and extraordinary people.

What do you make?

My academic interests are all about creativity, but not so obviously my creativity. I try to express and synthesize difficult ideas. This process is rarely tangible, even though it has tangible consequences. Ideas shape my world and my vision of the world. I want to share those ideas and that vision with other people, so I can learn their own visions and we can make relationships, communities, and societies bigger than oneself. I also dance, write, play a few instruments, and cook, listed in order of dedication.

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How did you get involved in Miranda’s Hearth?

I met Miranda and a number of other Hearth Members dancing. On account of numerous conversations about communities, myths, aesthetics, dancing, cellos, and food, I began attending events and learning from Miranda about the larger vision behind her Hearth. I rapidly became intrigued by her project, and was impressed by the way she goes about it. Interest led to involvement which led to commitment!

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