I hope you and yours are well in all ways! As the year is winding down I am thinking about the gifts of the closing year and planning projects for next year.
First a big old thank you for the folks who came out to support the show at the Washington Center Black Box. I saw many friends and familiar faces and met some new folks as well!
I know some of you were not able to get tickets so I wanted to share a couple of moments from the night. First of all, hats off to the folks at the Washington Center, they were warm and welcoming. And a special thanks to the sound guys for making us sound good. In case you didn’t know, the sound person is the musician’s best friend. Before the audience arrived at 7, we were at the Black Box at 4:30 to get all the members of the band mic’d up and iron out any sound problems that need attention. This soundcheck was a little different because I had a slightly different ensemble than the usual jazz quartet. We had the addition of acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin and fiddle as well as banjo. Lou and company got it done and when the sound is good, it is a good night for everyone.
So I have been asked about what kind of music we created. It was a real variety of styles and topics. A couple of jazz-inspired songs including “The Owl and the Pussycat,” a song about the inter-mammal love affair of the Edward Lear’s poem. I also wrote a musical rant called “It’s Not About You” in response to dealing with a remarkably self-absorbed individual. In a seasonal mode is a meditative song I wrote called “Walks with Robert” that captures the melancholy lessons of winter. And then I let my inner silly do its thing and shared a song extolling the virtues of sourdough. Yep the foul-smelling stuff that lives in the back of fridge and makes pancakes and bread so gosh darn delicious! As I said, a variety of styles and subjects!
I was happy to see and hear the songs come alive in front of an audience and I look forward to sharing more original music in the future. I would love to record some of the songs performed that night, would you be interested in that?
Thanks for those of you who emailed and told me that a song touched you. For me that is the biggest gift of this creative venture–when someone is touched and uncovers a story or an emotion that was before hidden. Look for more writing in 2020.
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Go be fabulous!