Friday, October 19, 2012

Why Artists Do It

“Artists are some of the most driven and courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day to day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, artists face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get ‘real’ jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day they have to ignore the possibility that the vision to which they have dedicated their lives is a pipe dream. With every passing year, many of them watch as other people their age; achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. But they stay true to their dream, in spite of the sacrifices. Why? Because artists are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Artists are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, G-d and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.”
- David Ackert -

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

5th Annual Filipino American Jazz Festival

How do I describe Mon? I can never say enough about Mon. Mon David is a giant jazz artist! A super star, as Norman describes him! As Diane Schurr said, "He's the best kept secret of the Philippines!"
Words are never enough to describe Mon David's artistry. You just have to see him for yourself to experience MON DAVID!!

As a friend, he's very special! One of those closest to my heart! Our friendship dates back to the 80's with our  jazz band, FOURPLAY. The rest is history.

And what can I say about him last night - AWESOME... PHENOMENAL!!
And he personally dedicated a song to me called "Throw It Away". He knew it was my favorite.
You can't get sweeter than that, Mon. Thanks for a beautiful friendship.
And he even made special mention about me at the show.
I'm so humbled, Mon. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Sooooo proud of you! Love you!