I am exploring the music scenes in many of our cities this spring and looking to settle into a new groove and life somewhere. In discussions with many of you about your experiences and perspectives on venues, support, art, and general vibe around your towns, I hear lots of concerns about a diminishing jazz scene and gig opportunities across the board. Some are looking for ways to revitalize, or otherwise promote, jazzy haps at every turn. Lots of the commentary is forelorn, pessimistic, and is born out of frustration, disappointment and sometimes desparation.
We hope for enlightened investors and developers to save the day. We turn to Sugar Daddys and patrons for support. When jazz clubs close, or change format, we commiserate, point fingers, theorize, analyse and often assign blame. "It's the economy, It's country music, it's George W., or lack of culture and taste. No love man!
When looking to affect change, I find energy is best used by just doing what I can. What resources do I have, now, that can help promote the scene? The answer is, I have me. You have you.
I think the best way to get jazz in all it's expressions into a wider base of support and active appreciation, is to extend love. Bring the vibe. Drop the judgements. Engage everyone you meet with passionate, uplifting energy, and bring the vibe. Winning new fans, supporters and entrepeneurs through "Attraction", is what we have at our disposal, here , now, and always. No funding is required, no committees need be formed. Play, write, extend, invite, smile, and demonstrate the joy that jazz brings. Who wouldn't be attracted?
Om, the sound
Vid, your friend

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Comment by Steven Charles on March 29, 2009 at 7:27pm
I second that emotion man.... I actually learned many, many years ago, that just how bad things are "in general", needn't mean that means YOU.
And with the gift of music, it does just take doing it, until what you are doing resonates with enough others that livelihood is created...
Comment by Karen Greene on February 22, 2009 at 4:35pm
Vid, VERY well said, my brother. We DO need to keep positive during these difficult times and work on 'attraction', while at the same time. sharing the love and joy jazz brings to us. We can do it!!!!! I've met some young musicians in the past couple of weeks who have given me new hope with their excitement and passion for the love of jazz music. We all still have a lot to give and must keep on the right path of being positive and working together. Onward man... ONWARD! : - )

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