Monday, June 13, 2011

Those Music Gods!

I thought I did pretty good at the Ladies' Night Concert, but after watching Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour the next day at the Herbst Theatre, then the Yellowjackets at Yoshi's the following day, I've got a long way to go to get to the level of these music gods! It's humbling, but I'm inspired to keep going, do more, be more, take it to the next level, not stopping if ever or whenever I get to their level, as they also have to keep growing...

There's no end to music. There's no end to learning. We all keep learning and growing. And no need to compare myself to others 'cause there's always someone better. I compare myself to my past. Have I improved? Am I better? If I am, I should be proud, but it doesn't stop there. We have our lifetime to learn and grow and grow and learn and learn and grow and grow and learn and on and on and on...

Wish I could grow even an inch more in height though, I'd really be happy!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

"Funtastic" Ladies' Night!

Promising a variety of musical styles, Ladies' Night, in association with the No.1 Lady Pianists Society, delivered! From Classical to modern music, cabaret to pop songs, the concert was grand, especially with the star of the night, the fabulous FAZIOLI piano! We missed Annie Sajdera though. She wasn't able to join us due to a family emergency.

Victoria Theodore and Allison Lovejoy started the night with beautiful piano works from Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Gershwin - superb performances from these 2 classical virtuosos!

I followed with jazz & pop tunes, starting with the Beatles. Then I played 2 originals, a smooth jazz and a country tune, and finished up with a lively brazilian number!

Next was Debbie Poryes with a set of jazz standards - delicately and beautifully played!

Allison came back to the stage to perform some original cabaret music, including an ode to her grandmother about pills - it was hilarious!

Finally,Victoria closed the night with some of her pop/R&B original tunes - beautiful songs!

Fun and fantastic, what a night! Proud of it!

Scott Cossu

I'm at the store right now watching Scott Cozzu, a former Windham Hill recording artist, who along with George Winston were one of the pioneers of new age music. Following the Ladies' night, I'm inspired to move on with my music, write more compositions which don't necessarily fall under jazz at all, mainstream or contemporary, and the like, but rather pop, folk, new age, esoteric and anything else besides jazz.