Is there ever enough to say about New Year’s Eve? That night on the calendar that is supposed to mark something significant in our lives as if our lives are measured out in the artificial dates on a calendar. As if everything stops on one day – all the old bad habits or problems or maybe even the way we look in the mirror. As if the next morning, we wake up with new good habits and no problems and every mark of time is gone from our faces.
Resolutions? I have only one this year and that’s to live as happily and joyously and compassionately and intelligently and creatively and bravely as I possibly can. Time is passing and the pages are turning. If not now, when?
One of my grandsons gave me a wonderful gift this Christmas, a gift much larger than he realized. How could he have known it would bring such a big change for me? He gave me a gift of his own music. When I played it, something happened.
I began smiling and not just because it was from this young man I love dearly. I began smiling and dancing as I haven’t for a while, because the music, his music, the music of his generation reminded me that life goes on. That creativity continues. That new dreams come to replace the old ones.
He and I talk about music when we see each other – not so often now that he’s out in the world making his way. But we know each other – I the writer/artist/music lover, and he the music maker.
This New Year’s Eve I want to celebrate the creativity that abounds in a world that sometimes feels narrowed by technology.
My grandkids have it, you have it, the man down the block has it, the old lady at the bus stop has it, and the librarian who asked me yesterday if I’d enjoyed the Bill Evans CD I was returning has it.
I told her I had enjoyed Bill and then thought to ask, “Do you like jazz?” This ordinary woman I’ve seen so many times lit up and became beautiful and said, “Oh, yes. I love jazz.” So I told her about the Miles Davis CD I got for Christmas. She knew the CD, and I knew that I would never see her again in quite the same way.
Jazz Babies, I wish you a very happy New Year. For today, I’m giving you
Ella with a genuine New Year’s Eve tune https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQfZTPKzRZ0,
James Taylor with the most beautiful rendition of the other genuine New Year’s Eve tune that I’ve heard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr-htpPV_Z0,
Aaron Parks, formerly from Seattle, young jazz pianist and composer with a lovely upbeat song he composed when he was about eighteen years old https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5zLkvKBkBk,
Vervex, the young northwest band who did very well in the Seattle Experience Music Project “under 21” competition this year. The drummer is someone I know. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7S5IvqHsgo
The past, the present, and the future. What could be better on New Year’s Eve?
Con amore, Jazz Babies. Here’s to 2014 and whatever it brings!