Inspired by the cosmopolitan sights and sounds of Europe’s old cities.
This photo, taken of the Kleines Cafe in Vienna, Austria on one of our European jaunts has been a visual reminder for me over the years of the type of music I want to create. Romantic…nostalgic…cosmopolitan…and good! As a lover of musical styles ranging from Renaissance to Hip-Hop, I’ve had to learn by trial and error that just because I can play something doesn’t mean I should.
Not that I’ve ever attempted to rap in public… but even within the jazz, folk and classical genres, there are things that ring true and others that I must leave to another artist to perform. 2010 in particular has been a year of really vetting what I want to play, sing and say as an artist right now.
This upcoming evening at Wine Unwind is going to reflect that. Right now I am drawn to music that one might hear on a street corner in one of Europe’s big old cities… or in a cafe or a small concert venue. I’m connecting more with beautiful melodies, romantic and witty words. I want to play and sing Jazz—an American invention true but with that sense of romance that I associate with Vienna.
I’m trying really hard too to make every single performance a total investment. Life is busy and time is precious. When someone takes the time out of their busy lives to listen to my music I want to brighten their lives just a little. The only way to do that is by being really authentic and giving every song my best.