I don't usually do this on my music website, but, dang it, it's my website... I get to.  The subject begins with last night's election.

When I cast my vote, I resolved to cast away and release all the vitriol, anger, devisivness, and vulgarity that I let enter into my thinking during this election campaign.

I don't enjoy having to come to these judgements, especially given the warped information that is spewed through both the conservative and liberal media, and many suspect opinions offered on social media, but I vote anyway. It's my privilege and duty to vote.

I'm dissapointed in last night's outcome, and view it as a reflection of sickness, racism, and inequality evident in our society. I'll pray, though, for our leaders, and hope/believe for a good outcome. All that said, though I can only vote for president once every four years, I have the opportunity throughout every day to make good choices. My plan, going forward, includes gettng back to and living into the rhythm of my life's story. It's my goal to keep that rhythm offset and syncopated, not lock-step or march-like. I want to get better at doing things like: giving food to the hungry, providing clothing to the naked, and looking after orphans and widows, all in the Spirit of love, joy, peace, forebearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Of course, I can't hope to acheive those goals without some serious help. I look to and invite God's Holy Spirit and His Son Jesus's help, made fresh, warm, and comforting each day.

I read this today, and it resonated:

"Everything relates to life.  Some musicians feel so personal about their contributions that they cut off the rest of the world to concentrate exclusively on their thing.  I don't indulge in music to the extent that it destroy's my interest in other things.  With me, music is still my hobby."

That was Wes Montgomery.  As accomplished and successful as he was, he still sought a humble balance.

When Josefina asked me if I was thinking about making a CD, I responded that once in a while I do, but mostly I'm satisfied being able to play some music after dinner each night.  That's what music has been for me since I was a child:

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Certainly, I'm plagued, at times with how much better a musician I might have been had I "gone all in," and dedicated more of my life that direction.  Mostly, I'm thankful to my Lord Jesus that I get to indulge in such an enjoyable pastime with high level musicians and friends like Josefina Méndez, Mark Johnson, Mike Facey, Chris Bank, Bob Levey, Artt Frank, Tim Emmons, Sean Flanningan, Darin Kamstra, Tim Bell, Jim Yorgan, Mick Heberling, Walter Gorra, Chris Goplerud, Walt Smith, Mark Gray, Rob Labig, Dave Poulsen, Tom Merideth, (and everyone in the UW Parkside Reunion band) and too many more for disk space to allow!

From Horace Silver's book "The Art of Small Combo Jazz Playing, Composing, and Arranging", some fine wisdom:



Great discussion on the creative process!



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"networking is different in the musician business than it is in something such as selling medical supplies. You really need to be friends with people genuinely. You can’t fake the friendship. You have to be a good person and a good hang for people to hire you."