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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Yes, PJ, all true, and glad when it inspires anyone. I'm making a documentary about the stories which might inspire.
New CD is probably going to be called "Oops!' with that as the title tune, the theme being falling off and getting back on the horse. Some of the tunes are "Where Am I Going?', "Where Do You Start?, "Where Or When?", "Listen Here" those and other with great stories like "But Not For Me," "Wave, "I'm Old Fashioned," "I'll Remember April" (which I heard was written for a dying loved one as a gift), "A Child Is Born," "Waltz For Debby," "Long Ago And Far Away," "Out of Nowhere," -- thinking out loud, so many great songs!!!
What are you working on? There's always something coming (another great song but not this time).
It's acutally a much longer story. For various reasons I laid down the tracks in spring '99, worked with 5 different producers in 3 different places, due to having run out of money off-and-on, and one producer renegged on her agreement and disappeared just before getting a shorter version ready to go to press. Finally completed this version with mostly new vocals with a co-producer 1-1/2 years ago when family illness put him out-of-the loop and I wound up getting the graphic design completed and got it manufactured after nearly 8 years, without him.
The better news is it's doing gangbusters on internet radio/radio (thanks to Kate Smith Promotions in Chicgao doing a great promo job) and some nice reviews have come in, giving me much more courage to work on the second CD with the same co-producer (who's back) knowing what we can do together. And the pump is primed.
Thanks JP. This looks great! I really appreciate your friendship. How are things out on the road. Sounds like you had a good time in Australia. I have been longing to get back into music more and would love to do some road trips. I am trying to figure out how to make that happen. I still have some songs for you...for your next album project. I am setting up my studio in my new apartment. Where are you now?
Yes, I am looking forward to seeing you at the gig. I haven't met Bob yet, but I understand that he is an incredible Jazz Pianist. I look forward to working with him. I'll make some time so that we can chat and play catch up.
Hi JP, talked to Babette on the phone re your upcoming visit. I will see you at your gig. You'll enjoy Bob Sedergreen he is a beautiful player, but you would know that. I know you'll be INCREDIBLY pressed for time but maybe we can catch up at some stage for a wee chat and a hug. xxx