The Musics, May 2023
Hey all! Whoa, it’s been a few months since I’ve last posted in October 2022. Rest assured I’m still listening to loads of music and books, but ye ‘ol work has been busy so I haven’t been on my personal blog in a bit.
I’m excited to get back into it and sharing art with you all, seeing what you’re reading and listening to, and catching music across the lands.
Below is what I’ve been tracking, listening to, and reading recently. I have an email capture at the bottom if you want me to email when I post–usually once a month.
In addition to this art blog, my career-job is a personal injury trial lawyer at Casey Gerry with a focus on brain injury cases. My recent CG blogs are:
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- 4/21/23, Payare leads the San Diego Symphony with Debussy’s Prélude à “L’après-midi d’un faune”, and Fantaisie, at the Rady’s Shell.
- 5/9/23, Nate Smith and Mark Guiliana doing a master class and performing at Zebulon in LA.
- 5/12/23, Thundercat, Mars Volta, and the Chili Peppers at Snapdragon Stadium.
- 5/13/23, the San Diego Symphony playing A New Hope at The Shell.
- 5/20/23, Payare leads the San Diego Symphony with Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, in B-flat Major, Op. 83, at the Rady’s Shell.
- 5/27/23, Sing, Dance, Crawl: a benefit pub crawl around Gaslamp. Rock Out Karaoke is playing the “sing” portion (starting early afternoon). I’m drumming the gig, which is a blast to be playing main stage House of Blues San Diego with 2,000 of our closest friends. Tickets usually sell out, so grab’em here asap!
- 5/27/23, Rodrigo y Gabriela at Humphrey’s.
- 7/22/23, Diana Krall at Humphrey’s.
Julian Lage’s The Layers. The more I listen to Lage, the more I love him.
Rod y Gab’s In Between Thoughts: A New World. I’m just getting into this.
Greg Ward’s Dion’s Quest. It’s so amazing and inspiring to see players from Northern Illinois University crushing it on the music performance and recording scene.
I’ve listened to a boatload (maybe two boatloads) of books since my last post. I’ll just mention some highlights.
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right; Atul Gawande. This book made my Virgo heart sing. It’s a great approach and reminder how important checklists can be when doing tasks. And especially when leading a team, to create clear direction of what is expected. Having this much structure and framework allows you to focus on the art, knowing all logistics are being covered.
Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization; Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Yep, no big surprise I loved this book. Dr. Tyson presents with so much objectivity to basically put everyone in their place in such a continued hot political climate.
I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski; Bill Green. There were tons of deep movie references and interviews in this book. I hope Lebowski Fest comes back.
What Happened To You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing; Bruce D. Perry. This really struck me with my work as a Plaintiff trial lawyer. It’s an important understanding of meeting persons not just where they are, but where they’ve been.
Walk Through Walls: A Memoir; Marina Abramović. Her approach on art and life astounds me. There were many points of reflection in this book for me and I’ll just give one quote that I’m still sitting with (it hangs on my office wall): “What you are doing is not important. What is actually important is the state of mind from which you do it.”
Ok, I’ll give one more Abramović quote: “Art must ask questions. Art must predict the future.” That’s powerful.
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