When I was a young singer I went to a lot of jam sessions. Jams are great for meeting other musicians, learning how to improvise, and how to communicate with other players. I learned a lot this way, but there was one jam session in particular where I learned something unexpected.
It is my belief that more often than not, the difference between mediocrity and excellence is vision and courage.
I remember as a child the wonder of discovery that was a part of each and every day. The uninhibited mind, seeking, questioning, supposing, and above all, never afraid to ask a question.
What happened? What changed?
This is the story of a man who, by holding God’s values deep in his heart, manifested a great capacity to tolerate, love and cherish the other.
My classical piano studies taught me a lot about technique and reading music, but in jazz and pop styles, you improvise over chord changes. That terrified me. How do you just… improvise? I didn’t know how to make the transition.
Paper switches to pixels, and it’s time for most of us to get with modern times. However, not all are fully immersed in the digital world. There is a reason why some things remain a “classic”. Calendars, for me, are just one of the few things that I will not regret switching back to.
As another new year begins, the need to strike a balance between past and present emerges once again.
Born in 1929 in New York and raised in Philadelphia, Lora Verner is an artist and photographer who has been living in London since 1964. During her travels to Hong Kong and Japan in the early 1980’s, she produced a series of photographs that were exhibited in 1983 and in 1984, which received favourable reviews in The Guardian newspaper.
It is not coincidental that a big part of my 100 Happy Days challenge is about being grateful and giving thanks. Its not often that I find serendipity in the way I found it last Saturday, but I think being aware makes me notice the moments more rather than them just passing me by.
Beings and versions of us who are calling out to be heard, no matter how small the sound might feel, amid the noise of it all … calling out for someone to notice … to hear and listen and respond, with simple kindness. To interrupt the rude, and to stop the ride, and to pause on the timeline.