Today I was able to re-connect with several clients and friends, learn Art Farmer's solo on "The Squirrel," check out Donny McCaslin's set @jazzbaltica, study a new twist on a favorite business practice, admire some beautiful photos, peruse the amazing reading list of @Art_Garfunkel, listen to a cool BBC interview with @Jimmy Cobb, read @JasonDCrane's latest poem, and watch a classic Star Trek episode -- all without leaving my solitary bunker in the lonesome desert. Thanks, Internet!
Today I'm grateful to all those wonderful concert promoters and talent buyers who, over the years, have engaged us based on our professional reputations and the quality of our music.
Thank you for making our careers possible.
When you loved our performances and promised to have us back again, thank you for following through.
When you chose not to engage us, whatever the reason, thank you for having the courage to say so directly, rather than wasting our time with vague reassurances. Thank you for understanding that interminable delay is truly the deadliest form of denial.
Thank you for getting to know us. Thank you for listening to our demo tapes and CDs, checking out our shows at other venues, watching our video clips, reviewing our biographical and promotional materials, and following our artistic evolution.
Thank you for understanding that it is, in fact, your job to know about us, and when you aren't familiar, to learn about us. Thank you for acknowledging that it's our job to keep you updated. Thank you for recognizing that both our roles are necessary, and for begrudging neither necessity.
Thank you for promptly returning our phone calls and answering our emails.
Thank you for treating us with respect and common decency.
Thank you for negotiating with us and our agents in good faith, and for abiding by the terms of our agreements.
Thank you for taking care of all the extra-musical details so that we may do our best work on stage.
Thank you for getting it right.
And most of all, thank you for teaching this very important skill set to the next generation of concert promoters and talent buyers, just as we take it upon ourselves to mentor the next generation of aspiring musicians.
“In the acquisition of a new habit, or the leaving off of an old one, we must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and decided an initiative as possible. Accumulate all the possible circumstances which shall reinforce the right motives; put yourself assiduously in conditions that encourage the new way; make engagements incompatible with the old; take a public pledge, if the case allows; in short, envelope your resolution with every aid you know. This will give your new beginning such a momentum that the temptation to break down will not occur as soon as it otherwise might; and every day during which a breakdown is postponed adds to the chances of its not occurring at all.” —William James (1842-1910)
"When any question starts off, 'Why don't they...',
the answer is -- almost always -- money." —Robert A. Heinlein
"There's a big difference between wanting to work and having to work.
I had to learn that the hard way. Now money is very important to me.
Because I ain't got it." —James Caan
"Look, I'm gettin' old, you hear? I spent most of my life hanging around crummy joints with a buncha punks drinkin' the beer, eatin' the hash and the hot dogs and watchin' the other people go off to Florida while I'm sweatin' out how I'm gonna pay the plumber. I done time and I stood up but I can't take no more chances.
Next time, it's gonna be me goin' to Florida."