It's another moment in this whirlwind we call life, and here I am, pondering the eternal question: what do I want right now? It sounds simple, yet acting on it is anything but. Habits, and the shadows of who I was, or who I thought I should be, often cloud the clarity of my present.
I don't believe in New Year's resolutions, but I'm embracing a new vision for my life, centered around health, wealth, and a smarter work ethic. As I write this, I'm lounging on my best friend's blue suede sofa in New Orleans, immersed in the melodies of a playlist I curated for my Jazz 101 class. It's a collection of tunes from the world's greatest living musicians – many of whom I'm fortunate to call friends, and others whose genius I deeply admire. Their music is the soundtrack to this post, a source of inspiration in every note.
These past two days in New Orleans have been a whirlwind of activity. I've been hustling to forge new connections and strengthen old ones, all for the love of Second Line Arts and the future of music. The next 20 days are packed: producing a children's music education video series, embarking on tour, and then returning home, where I'll be dearly missed after a three-week hiatus.
My birthday is just around the corner, and with it comes a longing for the friendships of old, the ones that shaped me. Today's thoughts are scattered, mirroring the disjointed rhythm of my current state. But that's just who I am today – a reflection of the moment.
Before I sign off, I've got a question for you guys. Would you be interested in hearing bootlegs from my gigs? You might not know this, but I've recorded every gig I've played for the last 15 years. I'm thinking of sharing a track with each of these posts this year. Drop a comment and let me know if that's something you'd be into.
For now, I'm off to catch some much-needed sleep.