I will always remember, many years ago, bassist Jim Vivian saying that we play music because we love it so much..(or something like that)
It seems obvious but it is not. The reason we play is because we are passionate about it beyond the usual music fan. You can tell when you hear music played by people that no longer love music, and it does happen for sure.
Anyways, I am excited as I just bought tickets to see Cecil Taylor play solo piano here in Toronto on June 1 and the next day my friend, the world's greatest tuba player; Howard Johnson will be in town playing with Carla Bley and a local big band.
What a weekend!