Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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I HAD to do this. I started playing trumpet at age 5 and up until a few months ago, I haven't touched a trumpet since I was 15. Miles Davis was and is a huge inspiration, as a musician and especially as a band leader. In 1991, my friend John Bigham told me that Miles was looking for a new bassplayer. I gave him a video which he gave to Miles. Shortly after this, Miles went into the hospital and he passed away. I was completely devastated by this and still get very emotional about it to this day. On one occasion, I did a jam with Miles nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr. at the Cat Club in Hollywood. When we got offstage, Vince put his arm around me and said, " Miles would have LOVED you ! " After that, there was pratically nothing that could stop my tears although many people, including my dear friend Carrie Hamilton (RIP) tried. On the day that Miles got inducted into the RockWalk Of Fame @ Guitar Center a few months ago, I went and hung out with Vince and many other members of Miles family and a host of legendary musicians who played with Miles. Right after the ceremony, I bought a trumpet and a mute. I HAD to do this. " The Adventures Of L.J. Horn " I started this CD literally as I was learning to play again. The last 8 months of my life have been devoted to writing, practicing, recording and producing these songs to showcase my trumpet playing. Much of the playing is VERY spontaneous as I approached this very much unaware of what I didn't know. Also, in the tradition of Miles Davis, I am attempting to stretch the boundaries of where most may think trumpet applies in terms of genres. The 14 songs on this CD span the gamut of genres with the hopes of creating a variety of moods and atmospheres.
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Great works LJ...sweet it is comin' home to an instrument you've dropped for a while...did the same bit many years ago...went into the professional visual arts world and "dropped" my horn for 24 years...man did I miss it...but workin' and picking up guitar got me through the years... and 20 years ago, i bought a Jupiter pocket trumpet to start my chops workin' again....and haven't looked back ever since...so Les ...great works you've got goin'...keep on keepin' on...all my best to you ...always b
This was my opportunity to completely put myself out on a limb. Given a 2 hour 1 man solo concert
as a result of the Indie Thurs. Showcase Series. My intent was to layer music LIVE, playing a variety of instruments and covering many genres & styles. Given the setting, I especially had to provide a variety. I picked a segment to fulfill audience requests which… Continue