Happy New Year! I hope that wherever you are 2016 is shaping up to be a wonderful year for you! How are those resolutions going….? This week’s Sunday Slow(ish) Jam features a track by saxophonist Charles Lloyd. For some reason this tune, “Forest Flower” reminds me of how I want my year to look and feel. It begins with chill vibes and then becomes an energetic frenzy eventually simmering to a pleasant end. “Forest Flower” beings with a sweetness and familiarity that is cozy and comforting and then Keith Jarrett smacks you in the face with his ferocious energy and […]
Happy New Year! I hope that you survived the “Christmas Craziness” and had a beautiful time with friends and family. After the holidays begin to wind down, I enjoy taking a few moments to think about what is important, set goals, vision and clean my home from top to bottom as a way to prepare for the coming year. It can seem like quite a challenge at times to carve out the time to do this, but I find it does help me stay clear and positive.
Check out Grant Green’s tune, “Idle Moments” and let it be an invitation to […]
The holidays are upon us and it always seems a little bit crazy this time of year. The eternal “to do” list is always way too long and it often feels like the madness will never end. Perhaps this is why yen for the simple things and feel a pull to go a little slower and do less. I crave coziness, quietness and reflection, and time with family and friends. This year many dear friends have kids and new babies. It is such a treasure to have them in my life! I am so thankful for them because they teach […]
Joni and Mingus. These two artists managed to influence the world with their musicality, expressivity, bright ideas, and progressive thoughts and approaches to making music. The fact that they can be identified by first or last name alone speaks to their potency. Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus were great thinkers and always made their experiences speak through their music. Each musician’s compositional voice and strengths easily compliment the other’s. Mitchell’s poetic tendencies easily wrap themselves around Mingus’ moody and evocative jazz sensibilities. I like to think that they admired each other and understood each other deeply.
Listen to the amazing Wayne […]