New CD

I know, I know….too long since last entry.  Also last entry was sad.  Why would you leave us feeling sad?

Maybe this will leave you feeling happy.  I finally finished the new CD entitled Standard Delivery.  Scheduled release date – January, 2006. 

I had such a great time making this one.  It also was a lot harder to make than the first one.  I think it’s because it was so simple and basic.  The usual core crew is on this one, Jaz, Travis and Jennifer and they sound great. 

Also I get a little backup singing time on Michael Franks’ new CD, Rendevous in Rio. Which by the way is a wonderful CD. I am always amazed at how he keeps writing tunes that are so diversified.  We just finished up Michael’s tour.  Finishing up at Scullers in Boston. 

I would write about Standard Delivery, but I put all that information in the liner notes.  So instead I’m going to mention some of the CDs I purchased just recently. 

Ella Fitzgerald at the Opera House – Ella Fitzgerald; (Day Dream) Best of the Duke Ellington Songbook – Ella Fitzgerald; The Jazz Sides, Charlie Parker – Jazz and the Philharmonic 1949 with Ella Fitzgerald; Juju – King Sunny Ade & His African Beats Music; Rise Up – Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited , This Time – Al Jarreau; Mishka - Mishka and Mishka-One Tree.

I haven’t been up to much lately, except the usual things working, practicing the bass, writing songs.  I did participate in the Brooklyn Parents for Peace Fair last Sunday.  It was astounding.  There were over 150 participants there.  Even though the various groups had their agendas, they all came together under the umbrella of peace.  Setting aside agendas. This can be the hardest thing for us to do.  Sometimes we need to set aside that which makes us uniquely different and focus on that which makes us uniquely similiar. This is necessary if we are to communicate with each other. 

It’s that time of the year, my favorite time of the year.  Fall.  When I’m not touring, I spend part of my time in Brooklyn and the other part at the house in Woodstock. This year the trees in Woodstock are breathtaking.  I guess this is the first time that I noticed, really noticed nature’s talent for color and texture. I’ve noticed how crisp the air is and how resolved the clouds appear.  Also some of the best holidays are in the fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, my birthday………The latter is probably the reason why I like the fall so much. Some people don’t like birthdays, I know, but me……It’s a nice reminder of the relevence of time and if I’m doing anything that helps create value in someone’s life.  Doesn’t have to be anything big, a hello or a smile is enough at times.

I’ll keep this one short.

Those of you who celebrate Halloween, have happy one!

Peace, Happiness, Love & Prosperity

V