"They may not want me here, but I'm determined to make friends, have fun, and show 'em how we do it back home. I'm the Axel Foley of the flugelhorn." ~DM
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"Determine never to be idle. Don't ask. Act.
Your action will delineate and define you."
"The secret to getting ahead is getting started.
Engage your mind and heart, get up, and go."
—Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
"How you gonna do it if you really don't wanna dance?
By standing on the wall? Get your back up off all wall!"
—Kool & The Gang
Arizona Daily Star
October 25, 2012
Jazz Noir Inspired By Crime Shows
By Chuck Graham
Known for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, flugelhorn artist Dmitri Matheny will go searching for poignant moments of jazz noir...more
October 25, 2012
Dmitri Matheny at Tohono Chul Park
Inspired by espionage and underworld movie music, Dmitri Matheny’s “Crime Scenes”...more
October 24, 2012
Sax Under A Streetlight: Crime Scenes | Jazz Noir With Dmitri Matheny
By Mariana Dale
As a teenager living in Tucson in the late 1970s, it was hard to nurture dreams...more
"An outsider longing to be on the inside is the same as the soloist longing to work in an ensemble. I get great satisfaction in being a part of the proper -- for me -- community. I'm uncomfortable with various social groupings and clusterings. But when I'm in the right group, doing the right thing, I get as much satisfaction out of that as anyone who does it all the time.
“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
We accept her! We accept her!
One of us! One of us!"
"I’m no hero. I’m nice to people where it pays me to be nice.
I do it enough on the outside. Don’t expect me to do it in my own office."
"Heroes in the real world live twenty-four hours a day,
not just two hours in a game."
—Big Daddy Pollitt
"You know why it says CB on my bell?
Because Brownie was my hero. He was my idol.
Having his initials there reminds me of what's possible."
When I begin to feel frustrated by encroaching banality and mediocrity,
it often helps to contemplate those heroic figures who inspire.
Here are some of them:
Johann Sebastian Bach
Ludwig van Beethoven
Dave the Philosopher
Philip K. Dick
Harry "Sweets" Edison
T. S. Eliot
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Felix the Cat
Theodor Seuss Geisel
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Harold (& The Purple Crayon)
Robert A. Heinlein
John F. Kennedy
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Rainer Maria Rilke
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Detective Mike Stone
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III
Henry David Thoreau
J. R. R. Tolkien
Vincent Van Gogh
Ack Van Rooyen