In July I was asked by the Strathmore Music Center to be one of their mentors for their AIR (artists in residence) program. All together there are six young emerging artists. I was assigned two: Deborah Bond and Owen Danoff. When Strathmore first called I had to suppress the thought that screamed through my head… ” Hey, when did I stop being a young emerging artist cross over to the eminence grise category? ” The answer is: years ago. I got over myself and now I am very happy to be part of this. All of the emerging artists are talented. And they have an unbelievable supply of young energy that is infectious. The program is run by Betty Scott, a former schoolteacher, who brings a discipline and structure to this that is somehow strict and relaxed all at the same time. Chaise Lounge is playing at the Strathmore Gala at the end of October and several of the AIRs will be sitting in with the band. Last week we had a rehearsal with Isabelle DeLeon on drums, Integriti Reeves singing, Christylez Bacon on beatbox and personality, and Owen Danoff on guitar and vocals. They all came prepared and ready to bring it. I am mentioning this program in case you know someone who would benefit from this. I think that each of these artists is going to come out of the year long program with a much clearer understanding of all that it takes to have a performing career in music. And in case you are called to be a mentor- Say yes.
Is it so wrong to spend an ENTIRE day watching sports on TV? Yesterday I watched the Redskins lose. I followed the Ravens progress ( winning an ugly game against the Chiefs) at the same time
At 3:30 I struggled to follow the dismal end of the Redskins while watching the Nationals finally beat the Cards in the 8th inning. That was a happy happy moment. Big ups to Tyler Moore! Finally, I waited for the Orioles to start , but the rain delay forced me to watch the Packers starting at 8.
Somehow I felt weirdly well-informed and pleased about the way I spent a rainy Sunday.
In 1415 Poggio Bracciolini writes this ( in Latin) :
” We are terrified of future catastrophes and are thrown into a continuous state of misery and anxiety, and for fear of becoming miserable we never cease to be so. “
Plus ca change , plus c’est la meme chose….n’est pas?
He is the guy responsible for rescuing the Roman poet Lucretious’ “The Nature of Things”. The book I’m reading is called The Swerve. An amazing piece of non-fiction writing by Stephen Greeblatt
It is dense, but well worth the time and trouble.