In San Juan Capistrano tonight prepping for this week's Golden State Flugelfest
Mon 11/3 @ 12 PM Saddleback College Mission Viejo Wed 11/5 @ 8 AM Aragon High School San Mateo Wed 11/5 @ 1 PM Sonoma State University Rohnert Park Wed 11/5 @ 7 PM Gunn High School Palo Alto Thu 11/6 @ 3 PM Westmont High School Campbell Sat 11/8 @ 9 PM Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Bel Air
The good news is more young people are coming to our concerts. The bad news is most of them rarely look up from their phones and hand-held devices.
It saddens me to look out at them from the bandstand, to see them there in the audience, sitting in the darkness, looking not to the stage but downward, their expressionless faces illuminated by cold blue light.
I want so badly for them to experience—truly and without distraction—the gift of a soulfully crafted melody.
I want to share with them the thing I love most: the pure emotional power of instrumental music, without the need for lyrics, explication or visual spectacle.
Am I naive? In today's world, is it even possible?