Practice Art Farmer improv method religiously. Finish writing Jazz Noir material for 2016 recording. Create and learn fresh DMG sets: 11 tunes, 2 original. Pay health insurance first every month, no matter what. Walk or swim daily. Lose 5 pounds monthly, 60 by year-end. Increase number of workshops nationally from 54 to 100. Increase touring income by 20% while playing 20 fewer shows. Bump per gig average by 5% and increase total net income by 27%. Eschew cynicism, laugh often and see the best in people. When the time is right, get a dog!
The good news is more young people are coming to our concerts. The bad news is most of them rarely look up from their phones and hand-held devices.
It saddens me to look out at them from the bandstand, to see them there in the audience, sitting in the darkness, looking not to the stage but downward, their expressionless faces illuminated by cold blue light.
I want so badly for them to experience—truly and without distraction—the gift of a soulfully crafted melody.
I want to share with them the thing I love most: the pure emotional power of instrumental music, without the need for lyrics, explication or visual spectacle.
Am I naive? In today's world, is it even possible?
Pulling together music for our Art Farmer/Jim Hall project today:
Bags Groove Days of Wine and Roses Embraceable You My Kind of Love My Little Suede Shoes Petite Belle Sometime Ago Concierto de Aranjuez All Across The City Simple Samba Big Blues Young One Blue Dove Romaine The Answer is Yes