Saturday, February 08, 2003

I remember hearing that a Canadian Jazz writer had a problem with all the guitar players who are "self promoters" or
"over-publicized" or something like that. It just occured to me why this situation is as such. Guitar players generally come
from the garage-band culture which is all about self-promotion. This becomes even clearer when you think about horn
players etc. who today mostly come out of band programs in high school. The closest thing they probably knewto
postering, or making/selling tickets etc. is their bottle drive or grapefruit sales to make money for their next band trip.

Thursday, February 06, 2003

I had a great time writing those two commissions (watch for announcment of dates for Runcible Spoon Tour) but I am also
relieved to be done and completely excited about getting to the guitar more often and writing new music for this Summer`s
Jazzstory Tour. Watch the website for

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

Interesting...I dont really have much to share right now. (although lots on my mind) Perhaps something completely impersonal and right on the surface.
Had a great work out at the Y this morning. I love it there. The community feel is fantastic, the silence is beautiful and
the whirlpool is not too shabby either.

Monday, February 03, 2003

I was just trying to describe to someone why an artist is never really happy. Is it true? Is it possible the more serious and
committed you become to your work the less happy you will be? Generally, I am very, very happy. My life is amazing. I am speaking of the underlying feeling of never having enough time, ideas, talent whatever to take an idea to the point of being finished or

I often comment on how many unhappy artists I know. Perhaps they are just more committed than I am.

Sunday, February 02, 2003

Wow. Am I ever a lucky guy. I just found out that the Canada Council for the Arts has arwarded my group Jazzstory a grant
to tour the Canadian festival circuit this summer. Yeehaw!! I cant wait already. Looking forward to that so much. Writing
new music, rehearsing and then playing every night in a different city. There is nothing like it!

heh! Here we come again Canada!!

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