New Year and all that……
Well the holiday season has ended and a new year has begun. Any New Year’s Resolutions? My wish for everyone this year is for all of us to live up to our highest potential. Be victorious, happy, healthy and prosperous. May each second of every day move inside a humanistic spirit of love and compassion that leads our every action to reach out to others with respect and recognition of the sanctity of all existence.
How the Garden Grows / Vivaldi’s Song, the two new bonus tracks from The Art of Michael Franks, is available for download. It’s available on cd/mp3 store here on this website and other sites where you can purchase and/or listen are CD Baby, Apple iTunes, Rhapsody, Emusic, Nokia, Amazon MP3, Spotify, 7digital, 24-7, Omnifone, Rumblefish, Rdio, Muve Music, Bloom.fm, Slacker Radio, Shazam, Xbox.
The new CD scheduled for Fall 2014 release is slowly coming together, in the meantime I’m scheduled to begin working on an interesting and challenging project for the spring with the innovative and great drummer Pheeroan akLaff, who will be a guest on Tales in a few months. I will tell you more about that as we get closer to the date.
Busy, busy, busy….
This is a busy month for me. I’m excited about a lot of things, OK, I’m excited about everything. I can’t help it, that’s just how I roll.
To start with…..the month of October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. In acknowledgement of this important awareness campaign, the captivating Trish Hennessey, who is the host of Blog Talk Radio Hybrid Jazz, invited me to join her as we talked about our experiences with bullying. You can listen to the archived show and while you’re at it, bookmark the site because she has extraordinary guests every week.
I’m really excited about playing with Michael Franks, Saturday, October 12 at B.B King. It has been a long time since we’ve played NYC and the best part is that the evening is a benefit to raise much needed funds for the Ulster County SPCA. And speaking of needed funds, some of you know that I’m a hard core peace advocate. I am a member and Vice Chair of Brooklyn For Peace, an incredible peace organization that’s been around now for almost 30 years. We are having a spectacular PathMakers to Peace Honoree Awards reception on October 20th at the Brooklyn Historical Society. We are gathering to honor 4 courageous individuals and one organization for their continuous efforts toward a humanistic world, starting with their community and pursuance of dialogue with awareness around the issues of peace and social justice.
As the clock ticks…..I’m getting really revved up for the trip to Japan with Michael Franks and friends and after that heading over to Jakarta, Indonesia to conduct some vocal workshops at the Institut Musik Daya Indonesia.