Cheers to what matters!

I was reminded this weekend of how fortunate I am to be here and to do what I do.  Music isn’t a profession for me, it’s a way of life and it engulfs me.  I’m not known for taking time off, going on vacations, or entertaining hobbies that take my attention away from writing, practicing, playing, teaching, and performing.

When I slow down (for a second) I’m reminded of the beautiful garden of people, relationships, and interweaving stories that surround me and that makes me even more grateful for all that I have and simultaneously easier for me to let go of anything that doesn’t belong.

Newport photographer Matthew Cohen and I after the Newport Jazzfest.

One of the first shots Matt took of me in 2009.