In 1997 I decided to start a new tradition: I'd take my birthday off from work and write a song. The result -"42"- is included here along with subsequent "birthday numbers." somewhere in my mid-'40s the ability to take the day off disappeared, along with my capacity for writing something I liked in one sitting. I'm hoping both come back soon. But I've persisted in writing something every birthday, usually a brief sketch that I'll work out over the following weeks or months. However it happens, the end result always feels somehow expressive of the year that produced it.
4-50 is a little ditty that I came up with for the party celebrating the 50th birthdays or Oren Sreebny, Tom Lenon, Ed Lorah, and Brad Spear. 50 is still one number away for me.
Thanks for listening
Well, some would say: nothing new under the sun since Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery or Jim Hall, but the pleasure... And what a pleasure ! A sweet and cool shuffle is enough to take us where the true thing stands : MUSIC IS, for the greatest and audible pleasure of all, from those who play it with that delightfull harmony, to those who are just listeners, minds sprinkling with notes and joyfull colors. The thrill is still perceptible long after the album's finished playing. What to say, but -thank you for those delightable momments of music.