It's June 22, 2008 - it has been as hot as a miner’s oven here in Southern California. I was out at the woodshed up in Griffith Park yesterday. Hot, but it was beautiful. I had a good time, did some good playing, some good sheding, drank lots of water, and poured tons of water over my head to cool down after each 1 hour (or more) solo drumming session. The beauty of playing outdoors is something that I simply cannot get enough of. Mother Nature, the wildlife, the wilderness, the serenity - these elements combined with the freedom to play as long and as loud or soft as you may desire is a perfect setting for total creativity, experimentation, and expression. I might also add that it is a nice place to just kick back, relax, read or meditate. I visit this area of Griffith Park weekly (when the weather and my schedule permit), and have done so for the past 8 years. I hope and pray that my sunrise to sunset visits at Griffith Park will continue for years to come.
I went to Philadelphia, PA a couple of weeks ago to do a New Birth gig, and we had a very good time. We (New Birth) have another gig coming up next month at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington DC, and I look forward to the gig.
Keep Jazz alive, and have a happy summer.