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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Just love singing ....and learning all the time.
OK...jaijai has been nagging me so here goes....started in the church choir....sang semi classical and Scots folk (from my mother's side) My father's side, however, won the day as his love of big band jazz infused my consciousness for most of my childhood. When I met a guy called Alan McPike who plays keyboard and sang Moonlight In Vermont I felt like I had musically come home and I started learning all the standards ... a couple each week as I could only do this part time. What I love about jazz is that every time I listen or play is is different and I hate to get bored.
Now I am at a bit of a crossroads....I have a full time day job which pays the mortgage and am singing regularly with an amateur big band but really want to stretch myself further. I have signed up for a jazz vocal workshop during the summer and hope that it will give me the kick up the musical a*s that I am needing. As Ella sang "There's A Lull In My Life" so there is in mine. Singing with big band arrangements is great but the anticipation and feeling I get in my belly( and it's a fair sized belly!) when I work with a small group fires me up in a way that nothing else in my life does. I recently hooked up with a superb guitarist called Steven Coutts at a wedding and the chords he pulls out of the bag just make me smile.......
Well that's it for now guys. I'd love to hear from folk who fell (or feel)the same way
Pat xAugust 2008
Just back from France where I had the MOST wonderful time at Loire Music's Jazz Vocal Workshop. What a week that was.....studying with Anita Wardell and Angela Ashmore Elliot has been inspirational and uplifting in ways I could not have imagined.Having been absolutely terrified of doing it at all and never having done anything like it before, it was a step into the unknown. I found that their warmth, patience and insights into all aspects of performance went way above the call of duty on many occasions. Tristan,Joe,Rob,Barry and Marie were wonderful to sing with.Thank you all. If you want to sing jazz at all I would highly recommend this course. It not only gives you confidence try new things but you come home with a cracking bunch of new friends who all have common aims and goals.
Singing "Ye Canny shove yer granny aff a bus" in 5 part harmony at 3 am in the garden will stay with me forever!!!!!
Hey Pat, The 31st August was a wee while ago when you kindly left a message for a fellow Scot - so all I can do is apologise for being better late than never!! As I say, I've been rather absent for TJN for a few months all around, just work and family stuff. Amazing to see what a big and small world TJN is and bringing many amazing folks together via Jajai's inception. Hope things are good in Glasgow! :O) Alan
Hi Pat, nice to hear from you. As you say I am well chuffed with the fundraising result and already planning a few events for next year. I am hoping that one of the events will be a big outdoor jazz concert in a local Fife park next June or July and I will be asking all of my jazz buddies if they might like to take part. Since it is a charity event I will be looking for folks to give their time and talents for free so I would be grateful if you and the band might consider coming along and I will get back to you once I have more details.
Still hoping to catch some of your gig at Callander but I also need to check in on another act who's show is on at the same time on Saturday because we are looking to book them for our new jazz club and my colleague in the venture insists that we see acts perform before booking them !!!