December 26, 2017

Now

What I’m Doing Now

  • Weddings. As of January 1, I am phasing out of being a wedding officiant. I did not renew any of my listings on wedding directory websites. I am still getting inquiries, but at a much slower rate. I’ll still do weddings for friends and my accept referrals, but I want my time back! As of now, I have 20 weddings booked in 2019 and one in 2020, plus a couple inquiries in process.
  • Playing Jazz. I am currently in three jazz ensembles: Desert City Jazz (of course), Scottsdale Community College Big Band, and an as-yet-unnamed large combo at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. I was in the SCC big band previously, and I am enjoying being back. The CGCC combo hasn’t worked out as well as I had hoped, so I may not return to that one.
  • Writing. I am trying to finish my third book, The Quest for Retirement Utopia: How to Find the Retirement Spot That’s Just Right for You. Some days I am more motivated than others.
  • Playlists. I’m now working on several jazz and Brazilian music playlists on our jukebox computer. While powering up the computer takes a couple minutes longer than simply turning on the CD jukebox we used to use, I do appreciate having the playlists.

What I’m Reading Now

I am now re-reading Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. I read that book (and the rest of the series) a long time ago, so I have forgotten most of it and it is almost new to me now. I decided to read the series again in order to learn what I can from his writing style. I recently bought Habits of the Creative Mind, by Richard E. Miller and Ann Jurecic, and that’s what I intend to read next. Bill Konigsberg’s new book, The Music of What Happens, will be released in a couple weeks, so I will probably move that up to the top of the list

What I’m Listening to Now

For the CDs I play in my car, I am working my way through the catalogs of Andy Narell (steel drums), Chicago, Randy Brecker (trumpet), T-Square (Japanese fusion band), Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica & vibes), Stan Getz (tenor sax), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (neo-swing band we saw recently), and Bill Watrous (trombone), as well as various new CDs I’ve purchased recently (Straight No Chaser, Clifford Brown), and some CDs that I’m debating getting rid of. So I have quite a queue I’m working on.

I am also really into watching YouTube videos of Leonid and Friends, a Russian band that does Chicago covers remarkably well. They are better than modern-day Chicago.


Last updated February 13, 2019  |  This “Now” page was inspired by Derek Sivers.