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Soon

August 27, 2016 Leave a comment

light03While CD Baby inspects the EP for digital and physical distribution, I am making ready to send copies of the CD and thank-yous to the wonderful people who supported this effort.  I belong to a remarkable, generous community and I am very grateful.  If you gave your support and are reading this now, THANK YOU.  I look forward to sending you your CD.

While I am waiting for the release of the EP I am thinking of the next Rubenoff Project endeavor to come, choosing music and playing with art, writing some new stuff and practicing my instruments.  As it is taking shape in my mind it will be more instrumental and less vocal, with more of a Latin feel.  In any case it will be fun.  🙂

Of course I will let you all know when and where “Songs of Love, Despair and Regret” becomes available for purchase.  I’m sure that will be soon.

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Between Thought and Release

August 14, 2016 Leave a comment

trombone5Time remains a fluid entity, elastic and predictable only to a degree.  The bow is bent, the arrow set to the string, the breath taken, the eye focused, the target acquired.  Now there may be a pause, almost reflective, where one may question.  This may be a moment or an infinity (hence the elastic nature of time).

Sometimes the fear of the brain causes premature release.  The soul has not finished considering, but out of fear the brain acts.  Then everyone is disappointed.  Best wait until release has the best chance of hitting its target, or in other words, until it is “time.”

Well, let’s not have any of that.

It is in this blessed between state that I now wait for the CD’s to ship.  🙂

The sessions were fantastic for us, I venture to say.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and together we created good music.  We are happy with the result and hope you will be, too.  We hope you will enjoy our new CD, “Songs of Love, Despair and Regret,” available soon.  We’ll keep you posted.  🙂

Eve of the Eve

July 30, 2016 2 comments
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David Patrick

Today I enjoyed a light rehearsal with my friend David Patrick, an excellent guitarist who will be a featured artist on my upcoming EP, “Songs of Love, Despair and Regret.”  He adds so much to my composition with his great musical ideas, taste, and ear for advanced harmonies.   His solo on the ballad, “Jack”, will certainly be one of the high points of this recording.  After our rehearsal today I am even more excited about the project.

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David Sparr

My friend, David Sparr, will be on keyboards and at the engineering controls.  David is an amazing musician and musical director, as well as a great friend.  His ears and eyes have been of vital importance in advance of the session to help make sure my charts are accurate, and it will be his ears and musical sense that will make our recordings the best that they can be.

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Dan Fox

Joining us on bass guitar and trombone will be Dan Fox, excellent on both instruments.  Out of kindness and his natural good nature Dan has helped me in many ways on my own musical journey.  It is very fortunate to have his talent, taste and great ears on board.

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Jeremiah Klarman

On cajon and percussion, my friend Jeremiah Klarman adds surprising dimension to my music with his rhythmic interpretations.  He is a great listener, and brings my musical dreams to an eclectic and memorable reality.   Jeremiah is also a musical composer and excellent pianist.

I will be going into the the studio to record music for this EP recording together with David Patrick, David Sparr, Dan Fox and Jeremiah Klarman along with special guest soloist John Clark on August 1 and 2.   I hope to release this first EP sometime this fall.  I’ll keep you posted.

Hope

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First, THANK YOU to everyone who made a pledge to my Kickstarter project, “Notes from the Spirit.”  🙂

While hope remains it is not time to give up.  So here it is.  I must raise $4,800 in additional pledges for my Kickstarter campaign to succeed.   Every pledge is important.  So if you meant to pledge but haven’t yet please do.  If you would otherwise like to pledge, please do.  If you really don’t want to pledge, please do it anyway.   No pledge is too small, and all will be met with joy and gratitude.

Also if you happen to know someone with $5K they are just dying to use to support a struggling artist, by all means let them know about “Notes from the Spirit.”

Thanks again!

Hope

December 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Boston002“Hope springs eternal.”

I think that one can arrive at the end of hope, yet usually I find myself drifting into that warm mixture of fantasy and desire:  “hope.”  While pleasant and for the most part harmless, it is important to remember that hope looks to the future.  While we can to some extent influence the future, we cannot truly control outcomes.  They will happen as they will, and not, perhaps, as we envisioned them in our hopes.  Hence the statement, “His hopes were dashed.”  We know this does not mean hyphenated; it means dashed to pieces like a ship on the rocks.  So, logically, no hopes, no dashing.

Because hopes focus on the future, while we are hoping we are missing the present.  Since one’s life can only occur now, this is a loss.  When one spends time hoping they sacrifice moments of their life.  They are not here/now, they are there/then in some place that is not yet and may never be.

My teacher tells me that trust is better than hope and I agree.  “Trust the outcome” is the saying.  It is closely akin to the saying, “The Lord will provide.”  Both express the belief in a benevolent Higher Power, whether one calls that power “God”, “Allah”, “Jesus” or “The Universe.”  I have observed that people who express this belief usually find that their trust becomes truth – that the future that arrives is the best possible outcome, and exactly what the individual needs at the time.

In trusting the outcome we put aside our concern for it and waste no more of the precious present moment thinking of it.  Trust that the best will be and leave it to unfold on its own.

How does that work when we are making something happen?  We schedule the tasks that will lead us to our goal and do them in order, step by step, concentrating on each step as we take it.  Fully present and unburdened of our fear that our efforts will be in vain, the steps themselves become accomplishments and stand alone in our memory as individual and significant successes.  Then in the end, if the outcome is something other than you intended, you may be disappointed, but you still have all of these successes behind you.  You can value the memories of your efforts instead of dismissing them as part of a failure.

I recently experienced this as my plans to record some of my music imploded rather spectacularly a few days before the recording session because of a faithless friend.  Looking back, we made some excellent music in our rehearsal sessions.  Instead of a lack of successful recordings I am instead left with an abundance of ideas and learning.

I will make plans – and I will doubtless have hopes, but I will trust the outcome.  I find that it is really true that the journey is much more important then the destination.  So let’s go.  🙂

Fancy Hat

November 4, 2015 Leave a comment

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Continuing in the vein of making music with my betters, I will be sitting in with the Tracy Clark Trio at Brothers Restaurant in Brookline, Massachusetts tomorrow night (Thursday, November 5, 7 PM to 9 PM).  I am playing two pieces with them and the rest of the time carousing with friends.  Bound to be fun.  I’ll have to wait and see if I make it into work on time the next day.  I’ll certainly try.

fedoraComing up Sunday will be the next rehearsal for my upcoming studio date.  I will be producing a recording and I will call it “Fancy Hat” after one of the pieces.  I am sure no one will be surprised at the eclectic nature of the material.  🙂

At work things continue to change.  I am in the midst of an interesting transition there, and see other changes happening on the edges of my circles as well.  I am doing more training and less data entry – a challenging and welcome development.  At the same time I see the forces of inertia rising to conflict with the change.  All very interesting.

Change is exciting (if not a little scary).  As usual, the I Ching counsels admirable traits like equanimity, acceptance, balance, patience, reticence – well you get the idea.  It comes from the land of “Good luck, bad luck:  who knows?”

I’ll keep you posted.

Winter Quiet

January 12, 2015 Leave a comment

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In the United States, whether you celebrate them or not, the cultural winter holidays tend to be a bit disruptive, yet the craziness of these holidays is juxtaposed with the deep and solemn quiet of winter as it exists in nature.   The cacophony of birdsong gives way to the quiet chirping of chickadees as most species fly south to warmer climes.  Snow blankets the land, muffling all sound.  Walking in the northern forest in the winter, one’s breath seems loud.

Like the migrating birds, many of the musicians with whom I make music become scarce this time of year because they travel or are otherwise busy.   Therefore it is a good opportunity for me to look simultaneously into the depths of my creative soul and my computer’s hard drive for creations put aside for just such a time as this.  Even as some of my usual creative outlets are suppressed I am having fun revisiting old ideas and discovering new ones.

One of the new ones is a tune called “Shorty” in honor of Trombone Shorty.

At Eye On Life meanwhile we continue to be blessed with a steady stream of new poetry, for example, we recently welcomed poet Robert Demaree into the ranks of our contributing poets;  in addition, we are looking forward to publishing more of Donal Mahoney’s work tomorrow, and sometime this week Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois will be returning to The Poetry Locksmith as well.   We are so fortunate to have so many remarkable poetic voices enrich our pages.