23 years ago today, I played my first flugelhorn-only concert (no trumpet), a recital at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall with the True Colors Big Band. The ensemble: Ken Schaphorst, conductor; Rob Scheps, soprano and alto sax; Kenny Brooks, soprano and tenor sax; Jay Brandford, clarinet and baritone sax; Andy Gravish, trumpet; Scott Cowan, trumpet; Dmitri Matheny, flugelhorn; Curtis Hasselbring, trombone; Josh Roseman, trombone; John Medeski, piano; Wesley Wirth, bass; Jim Harp, drums; Dov Schiller, percussion. Not a bad line-up.
The Class Clown is an iconoclast who gets noticed. Unlike the cool kids who focus on fitting in, he asserts his personality through humor and thrives on being different, unafraid of failure. Counterintuitively, he may win the very popularity contests that he mocks.
The Zealot can explain neither the intensity of his enthusiasm nor the extreme degree of his uncritical devotion. Is he merely an inspired mortal, or is he possessed of a supernatural afflatus? What is the source of his fanatical belief/behavior?
The Depressed person will sometimes remain in an unpleasant situation even when he is able to escape. His depression in adulthood may be related to the instability of his relationships, during infancy, with adult caregivers.
The Child sees mystery everywhere. Maturity is a narrowing of the imagination. Within each of us is the child we once were; this child within is the foundation upon which we build who we are and what we will become.