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 accept referrals, but I want my time back! As of now, I am down to six weddings booked in 2019 and two in 2020, plus a couple inquiries in process.
- Playing Jazz. I am learning a new instrument: the steel pan (drum). I have loved steel drum music for decades, and I have often said that if I were to learn a new instrument, that’s what it would be. So I figured, why not? I’m not getting any younger. I am enjoying it so far.
I am currently playing in Desert City Jazz (of course). Two community college bands are off for the summer: 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.
- Writing. I am trying to finish my third book, The Quest for Retirement Utopia: How to Find the Retirement Spot That’s Right for You. Some days I am more motivated than others. I took a break from it for a couple months, but now I feel renewed enthusiasm for getting it done.
- 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. I am also ripping a lot more of my CDs and vinyl LPs to digital.
What I’m Reading Now
I recently finished Bill Konigsberg’s new book, The Music of What Happens and Mark Manson’s new book, Everything is Fucked: A Book About Hope. Both were good and I can highly recommend them. Mark Manson’s book dealt with a lot of heavy stuff (in his usual non-heavy way, so I will probably want to re-read it to get more out of it and let more sink in.
I am now re-reading Armistead Maupin’s More 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.
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), T-Square (Japanese fusion band), Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica & vibes), Stan Getz (tenor sax), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Al Jarreau, David Benoit, Spyro Gyra, and Bill Watrous (trombone).
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 June 29, 2019 | This “Now” page was inspired by Derek Sivers.