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.
Practice Art Farmer improv method religiously. Finish writing Jazz Noir material for 2016 recording. Create and learn fresh DMG sets: 11 tunes, 2 original. Pay health insurance first every month, no matter what. Walk or swim daily. Lose 5 pounds monthly, 60 by year-end. Increase number of workshops nationally from 54 to 100. Increase touring income by 20% while playing 20 fewer shows. Bump per gig average by 5% and increase total net income by 27%. Eschew cynicism, laugh often and see the best in people. When the time is right, get a dog!
Dmitri Matheny's THE SNOWCAT is inspired by the ancient Asian parable of The Oxherder, in which a herdboy's quest to find his missing ox is likened to an individual's journey through life.
With origins in India, the parable became popular in medieval Japan and was depicted on 13th century handscrolls as the 'Ten Bulls' or 'Ten Oxherding Pictures.'
The scrolls traditionally divide the hero's journey into ten stages, each accompanied by a circularly framed image and a simple verse.
Rendered in the graphic style of Japanese narrative illustration, the story is as accessible and visually compelling as a modern comic book.
As in the ancient parable, the hero of THE SNOWCAT finds her companion and returns home to appreciate the beauty of nature, play music and have fun with friends.
She maintains hope, optimism and determination in the face of adversity, discovers the gentle power of sitting quietly, and embodies the spirit of sharing and gratitude that makes the holidays such a magical time.
Join us for the Arizona premiere of Dmitri Matheny's THE SNOWCAT A cool cat tale for the whole family
Holly Pyle vocals Dmitri Matheny flugelhorn/storyteller Andrew Gross saxophones Nick Manson keyboard T-Bone Sistrunk bass Dom Moio drums
“In this spellbinding performance, jazz flugelhornist and composer Dmitri Matheny and his band weave a magical, musical tale of a little girl searching for her missing white cat on a chilly afternoon. Based on a medieval Japanese parable, The SnowCat reveals the spirit of sharing and gratitude that makes the holiday season such a wonderful time of year.” —Town & Country
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?