As we are approach the 2nd half of 2020 I’m reflecting that time has passed so quickly and so differently than what I had expected the year to be like. When I started writing my notes for June I asked myself “What can I write about that’s uplifting?”.
While I have been bummed about cancelled shows, cancelled jobs & paychecks, staying home quarantined and not seeing friends or doing the things I usually do, I have embraced that it’s not about me. So many others are suffering in different ways. It is a time of change and growth.
I got a letter yesterday in the mail from a fan who had purchased my new Album “Stronger Now ”. I was so moved by his note that I decided to share the comments I’ve been receiving about the Album from letters, YouTube comments and messages. The comments have opened my heart because the ultimate compliment is for someone to say they “felt something” when they listen to my music and that it “meant something” to them. I’m very humbled to share a few testimonials below and have removed a few names for privacy.
As I move into the last half of 2020 I accept the challenge to “Just Say Yes” to new opportunities that come along. And will keep you posted.
During April and May “Stronger Now” Single continued to be in the Top 20 Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart and is currently on its 16th week , Top 10 MediaBase for 16 weeks peaking at #1, Top 5 Smooth Jazz Network and Smooth Jazz Global, #2 Groove Jazz and RadioWave the week of May 25th. Many positive personal comments have been made on my UTube Video of Stronger Now as well as increased listeners on Radio Outlets, 75.8K listeners on Spotify for May , Apple Music and others. My Album Stronger Now and Merch is available directly from the Official Store by clicking here.
While I haven’t performed during this period due to Lockdowns and postponed events, I have been booked for Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival for the closing weekend October 18 http://jazztrax.com/ , Re-booked for Elkhardt Jazz Festival June 2021, and have other dates soon to be announced.
My students have continued to take piano lessons via Facetime. I was able to have a Spring Piano Recital via Zoom. It hasn’t been an easy time but there are some Silver Linings. Several families had relatives all over the world to tune in via Zoom for the Recital which was a new experience for all of us and made the families very happy.
On a personal note, I have had some time to catch up with my family, my home and garden, and some friends on Facetime and Zoom. I also have a new puppy named Marigold. She and Zeno have had lots of attention and play all the time. We have enjoyed some walks along the river trail and other outdoor trails.
As Summer approaches we’re faced with continuing challenges. I continue to write at home and have several projects I’m working on. Stay safe.
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