Sometimes it works, and sometimes it don’t.
With a few minor exceptions that statement can be applied to a whole lot of situations however in this case I’m using it (facetiously?) to describe the current state of my touring calendar. The winter of my discontent continues and in spite of my complaints a return to the stage is at hand as I’m scheduled for an appearance at Jeffrey’s Cafe & Wine Bar, 9640 – 142 St., Edmonton, AB, this Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 8pm.
One of the premier jazz music venues in the Alberta capital district, over the last few years Jeff’s has become one of my favorite places to perform through a winning combination of fine hospitality, good food, and excellent acoustics. The fact that they’ve committed to regularly featuring yours’ truly on their entertainment calendar has no doubt added to my affection for the place however you’d be remiss not to stop by if you’re a fan of live music ~ the majority of it jazz ~ which is featured most nights of the week.
A great bunch of people and a place who’s support I appreciate more than I can say, here’s hoping we see you there.
It has been recently noted that my particular form of insanity (of which I possess no short supply) seems to peak at irregular but highly predictable intervals. With an astonishing degree of accuracy, it appears that I tend to detach from my mental and emotional stays primarily under the influence of two opposing sets of circumstances. The first; when I’ve been on the road too long, and the second; when I’ve been off of the road for any length of time.
Suffice it to say that I’m aware of my quandary and working diligently to ignore it.
The reality is that being too long on the road tires me out and makes me paranoid while being off of it for any length of time leaves me to explore the recesses of my mind and scares the hell out of me. With no psychiatric education to lean on the schizophrenic effects of this life that I’ve chosen tends to leave me befuddled, and partly (not completely!) explains my choice of canine living companion. For a man’s best friend is exactly that and should be; his best friend under any and all circumstances, and for this I’m eternally grateful to my hairy pal Koko, the best I’ve had and certainly the most long-suffering.
As strict an editor as I could force myself to be throughout my artistic life, the decision not to write or publicly speak of any circumstance of my private life has been one that I’ve taken seriously. For the most part I’ve taken the role of ‘objective commentator’ and have aspired to maintain a clear separation between my artistic, personal, and professional lives and viewpoints. While a serious examination of my contributions to music and poetry actually reveals this to be true, without prior knowledge of the authors life and times that fact may not be obvious. For the record and for my sanity then, I find that I must declare some few things to be true, and if by saying so it helps my work to be understood, now and in the future, then it will have been worth the saying.
I detest pandering in all forms, and artistic pandering more than any other kind. Specifically I hold in particular disdain any and all ‘art’ or ‘music’ that is commonly described as ‘easy to identify with’ on behalf of its’ intended audience. This is modern code for ‘lowest common denominator’ appeal, and has no place in the world of art or music.
I abhor populism of all types, and artistic populism the most. In particular I am horrified by ‘art’ or ‘music’ which claims to identify with, celebrate, and/or by definition belong to ‘the common man’. This is modern code for ‘you’re too stupid to appreciate how much money we’re making exploiting your circumstances’ and also has no place in the world of art or music.
I am disgusted by the obsequious. I have a particular distaste for the ‘artistic’ types who seek to curry favor and develop fame by methods described popularly as ‘networking’ in the business world. This is modern code for ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’ and once again has no place in the world of art or music.
Having made a point of always being easy to find, should any of these positions cause you offense and you feel the need to discuss the ramifications of them; personal or otherwise, do feel free to drop me a line here. Alternatively I’m always available after the show to discuss any and all circumstances of our being together, and will look forward to chatting with you there.
As always thanks for your support and see you at the show.
- TH, 02/24/2013