morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!
Readers, the question most asked of me seems to be this: Why?
Why play clarinet? Why did I live in China for those couple of years? Why am I learning how to sing? Why simultaneously release an electrojazz album and a traditional jazz album? In fact,…why release albums anymore? EVER?
And most recently, as I tell people about my new record label REIGNING PARADE. People’s reaction is again… WHY?
So here’s the answer…
Because. I. Want. To.
That’s it. Pretty simple really. Only for me, nothing is simple because I think too much about everything. Therefore, these things that I want to do roll around in my mind like wet towels in the dryer. Heavy and seemingly useless in their current state, I keep trying to reason why these ideas, these things that I want to do should be pursued. Most often though, I don’t come up with a reason. Not for years. Until eventually I wake up one morning and say to myself…
HOLY SHIT DANDERFER. YOU’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT DOING THIS FOR YEARS, LITERALLY YEARS. THERE’S NO GOOD REASON TO DO IT EXCEPT THAT YOU’RE JUST SO FUCKING TIRED OF THINKING ABOUT DOING IT.
And then I do it.
Same thing with starting my own label. I mean, yes, I want to have creative control over how my music is presented, and I felt it was important for me to take full responsibility for getting it out there to people. That’s part of it, but really, I just wanted to start a record label, I wanted an “umbrella company” under which to present my music. I just wanted it. And so what if it turns out to be a stupid idea, at least I can say to myself “You tried it dummy, you tried it.”, and then give my myself a tough love pat on the back for giving it a shot.
Along the same lines, today I directed my first film shoot. Of course, by “directed” I mean I talked to videographer/VFX specialist Sam Nixon, and interviewer Guy MacPherson for 10 minutes beforehand about what I was hoping to capture. And by “film” I mean video interviews of the guys in my trio: Miles Black and Joe Poole. Basically, the film will be about 10 minutes and will go into some depth as to how we approached the music on the album (to be released February 1st), the inspiration behind the music, etc., etc.
Why? Because I wanted to. And soon, I will be able to put a couple of wet towels to rest.
Thanks to Sam and Guy for their work today, and to Miles and Joe for being such good sports.
And thank you for reading, have a great week everybody!