i suppose the title of this post requires a longer conversation over lattes and pumpkin scones, although the weather outside certainly calls for something other than “fall” fare. but we can pretend we are in our wellies and cabled sweaters and cozying up to deeper conversations.
on the subject of new music, is a new friendship with someone who’s clearly successful at what he’s done in his life. he plays a mean latin jazz piano and has enough street cred that he doesn’t just name drop, he knows these people well. he’s done stuff that i want to do. so when i meet him on monday, he gives me this latin jazz chart and i was honored and delirious to work on it. not because it’s his music, but because it’s something i have never done. latin jazz – which is really pitiful for a cuban girl, don’t you think? if that’s all that ever comes out of this new friendship then the drive to northern parts of L.A. was completely worth it. my chops are going to get better. but i have a sneaking suspicion that i’ll be making more trips up there. stay tuned on that one.
continuing with “new” is miss erin. i’ve written about her before – her tenacious spirit and her desire to succeed. she and i sit every friday and work on her new songs and we co-write, refine, argue, entertain ideas in the pursuit of making a great song. she has 4 of them mostly done, and one she needs to write fresh. i love these times with her and i think we are still learning to craft a song into what’s perfect for her.
i bought a new cd yesterday, by needtobreathe. i love unwrapping cd’s and listening from start to finish. it’s brilliant. and exactly what my soul needed. the lyrics alone were enough, but the driving music, like standing in a cold rain. awesome.
cameron came in with a new idea yesterday that i loved. i mean, loved. that kid is going somewhere. blessed, blessed by how he approaches new ideas with abandon and a carefree spirit that’s contagious.
another student (and dad) and i met with the fabulous joey arreguin on saturday. looks like another recording project is getting underway. love andie’s bravery.
bach is definitely old music and that italian concerto, the 3rd movement, is on my piano easel currently. i chose it to learn for my students’ first recital on november 21. but i also chose it because it’s in the key of F. i hate the key of F. my fingers forget this and they don’t respond in this key. my heart likes the cheeriness of it, but that’s about as far as my love for this key goes. i have 2 more lines and it’ll be memorized. F – you are not going to beat me.
next steps? taking care of me. i think it’s far too easy for me to push, progress, practice, perform, and then wake up one morning and need to call a friend and say, i’m coming up to portland whether you like it or not. she’s gracious and says, yippee. in all truthfulness, work is work and hard. taking time out for myself is something i did not learn as a child, or even as a teenager. oh heck, i’ve never learned it well. this is my time to do that. i lean in and ask God to teach me what that’s about. this place of trusting and resting is good – and hard. Like the key of F. it’s cheery, but it’s bach! he’ll always throw a curve at you. the only way to beat it is to allow nothing to interfere with the music in your soul. you know that place. the place where you’re serene and peacefulness shines around you.