The good news is I have not been idle. I have been working diligently on my book about G. Oliver Riggs and his extraordinary career as a real-life music man. I have had limited time for writing lately (writing for myself, I should say – I have plenty of paid writing and editing work that is keeping my schedule full), and when faced with the choice of writing a blog entry or working on a scene from the book, I have chosen to work on the book. But the blogging is an important part of the project, too, so I hope to get back to posting at least once a week.
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I have also been busy serving on three music-related boards, the Northfield Fine Arts Boosters, the Northfield Youth Choirs, and the Vintage Band Festival. And I have attended some delightful concerts, including Monday evening’s middle school and high school jazz bands concert, featuring guest band Jazz MN of Minneapolis.
There’s a story about the concert in today’s Northfield News: Jazz Bands rock the house at Northfield Middle School.
The Northfield Fine Arts Boosters provided a grant to help bring Jazz MN to town from the Twin Cities. The professional jazz musicians had a clinic with the students after school and then performed that night at the concert, after the middle school jazz band and the two high school jazz bands. It was a great example of why I am proud to be involved with NFAB.
Sebastian plays the trumpet in the NHS Jazz Band Two, and he had a solo during his band’s rendition of “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock. Since it seems appropriate to end this meditation with some music, I have included the clip of Seb’s solo, followed by Jazz MN playing the jazz standard “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” which happens to be the title of one of my book chapters.