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Practice Art Farmer improv method religiously.

Q1—I've been inconsistent in my practice. Will recommit.

Q2 — Doing a little better with this. Teaching helps.

Finish writing Jazz Noir material for 2016 recording.

Q1—Wrote 3 new charts. 2 are keepers. More to come.

Q2 — Now have more than enough material and ready to record.

Create and learn fresh DMG sets: 11 tunes, 2 original.


Q2 — Focused on next season’s material now.

Pay health insurance first every month, no matter what

Q1—So far, so good!

Q2 — Ditto.

Walk or swim daily. Lose 5 pounds monthly, 60 by year-end.

Q1— Down 16 pounds since Jan 1.

Q2 — Cut 36 pounds since Jan 1.

Increase number of workshops nationally from 54 to 100.

Q1—Way behind; only 23 booked so far. Redoubling my efforts.

Q2 — Some progress; 39 booked. Still at it.

Increase touring income by 20% while playing 20 fewer shows.

Q1—Results are mixed: so far I'm working more but making less. 
Net income YTD is 43% greater than in Q1 2014, but 40% short of goal,
and per gig average is only 88% of 2014 levels.

Q2 — Still working more, making less...

Bump per gig average by 5% and increase total net income by 27%.

Q1—Not looking good (see above). Imperative that we book considerably more workshops this fall.

Q2 — Ditto.

Eschew cynicism, laugh often and see the best in people.

Q1—They don't make it easy but I'm mostly grateful and happy.

Q2 — Life is good.

When the time is right, get a dog!

Q1—Not yet...

Q2 — Soon!


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?


Boise High School
October 17, 2014

Many high schools throughout the USA now expect students
who want to participate in jazz band to arrive before dawn—'zero hour'—
prior to the beginning of the actual school day. Is this reasonable?