A birthday is as good a time as any to take a good look at yourself - past, present, and future, and do some soul searching. I am not the kind of person who needs a birthday as an excuse for soul searching, I actually find myself doing it very often, perhaps too often. But, looking at the past three and half years since I arrived to New York, I had some good experiences, and some bad ones, I met some interesting people, and some not worth mentioning, I made good music, and music I was not satisfied with. Living in New York as a jazz artist is everything but easy, at least for me. I am not a hustler, my father wasn't a jazz star in the 70s, and I don't have the networking skills to "shmuzz" my way to the top. What I do have (some of the time) is my genuine belief that I possess, or will possess something worth saying through my music. Something that is really "me" and not anyone else, and people would want to listen to.
As I look at what I was, am, and what I want to be, I think the key is to always challenge myself to do things I am not comfortable with. I never read a blog in my life, and I never understood why someone would want to read someone else's personal feelings. A childhood friend of mine, who I recently had the opportunity to get reacquainted with, convinced me that there is something appealing in the idea that you can have access to the person behind the person. Therefore, I decided to try this "blogging" (it will never catch on) thing for myself. I will keep posting my ideas and thoughts about life, and jazz in New York.
Thanks for reading, comments are welcomed.