The year of Scout! Train puppy to be a good home dog and road dog. Coordinate distribution of Jazz Noir to radio and reviewers. Prepare fresh DMG sets. Focus touring mostly in the northwest region. Fewer gigs, higher fees, larger audiences. Get back to playing long tones every day. Make it a habit. Continue to eat right, exercise, lose weight and build muscle. Take good care of Sassy, Scout, Ninji, Boo and the Fortress of Sassitude. Plant a vegetable garden and a Japanese Maple. Don’t be afraid. Play your way. Find your voice. Get out from under the master’s shadow. It’s time.
Pay health insurance first every month, no matter what. So far, so good.
Walk or swim daily. Lose 5 pounds monthly, 60 by year-end. On track: eating right and walking every day. Down 16 pounds since the new year.
Increase number of workshops nationally from 54 to 100. Way behind on this. Only 23 booked so far. Redoubling my efforts.
Increase touring income by 20% while playing 20 fewer shows. Fail. I'm working more but making less. Net income YTD is 43% greater than in Q1 2014, but 40% short of goal, and per gig average is only 88% of 2014 levels.
Bump per gig average by 5% and increase total net income by 27%. Not looking good (see above). Need to improve these margins.
Eschew cynicism, laugh often and see the best in people. They sure don't make it easy but I'm mostly grateful and happy.