History of “Give Back” (10 years with the PMC)

Played the PMC (Pan Mass Challenge) last Saturday and I’m alway blown away by the numbers of people who come out and the amount of $ they raise for cancer…6,400 riders and on the way to 66 million…

When no one know what happens next

I’ve never seen the conflict between the ruling class and the commoners (everyone else) be more transparent than it is right now.
There’s a worldwide running narrative of the people against their leaders, some of whom are obeying the real elite, the wealthiest international individuals who can’t be held accountable by any system that they manipulate or control.

Still, there’s hope…

In the bloody history of humankind we’ve always had the same sort of problem (individual greed being the real spiritual dilemma) but the renegades and the healers have always risen from anonymity to bring us forward.
When the time comes those leaders will reveal themselves again.

“We going to fly over everything that we see / when no one knows what happens next we’re going to be renegades and healers”

Renegades and Healers” came out a few days before the U.S. recognized covid.

“Just ask Evan” enters the competition

The Backbeat Brewery Porter “Just Ask Evan” has made it to the Great British Beer Festival (starts today)…and will be representing the USA.  Does that make me a Patriotic drinker?  Better than being an Idiotic drinker I suppose.

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.

“Course Corrections” on Spotify

Pet peeves

We all have them, and it’s good to know what they are (harder to get our buttons pressed by others).

One of mine is listening to singers who sing live with shades on (unless your blind or George Michael).  I want to look in a singers eyes to see if they’re feeling what they’re singing and if they really believe it.

Unfortunately with my blue eyes and massive amount of outdoor playing in the summer months, I’ve got to wear these in order to not squint my way through the afternoons and sunsets.  I know others don’t have this pet peeve and so they don’t care as much, but I do.