I am energized.
Lot’s of music being created, thought of, played, written, practiced.
I just took the longest hiatus from playing in recent memory. I tend to take about a week off once per year – it sort of clears the mental cobwebs and is good for my hands (been dealing with tendonitis off and on since ’96). This was different, though. I got married (yay!), so spent time reconnecting with old friends and family, then 10 days decompressing in Jamaica. It is important to remember who you are outside of music (I don’t want to make music about music) – I have certainly done that in the last few weeks and I feel grateful to have done so.
I’m now back. Practicing very basic things and loving it. Producing sounds, overtones, scales, improvisations. Reconnecting with Steve Lacy’s Findings book. Going to John McNeil’s house almost every day and shedding with him – getting at fundamental stuff, and more advanced stuff as well. I feel invigorated! Fresh! I am so grateful to have the time for this right now! I feel like I’m in high school. Discovering the saxophone every day.
And the Fall will be busy with releases, performances, travel -
Hush Point will release a new album on Sunnyside.
Sketches will release a new album.
And I am fully writing the next PLAINVILLE record as well – with the goal of recording in January.
Lot’s of music to come!
Thanks for listening.