Happy Saturday! I must admit I have very few profound observations to share with you today. This week has been a complex one from an emotional weather report standpoint, so my choices were either to map a rather baroque, or maybe expressionist series of weather maps to delineate this, or else to keep it short & sweet. I opted for the latter.
On the practical side, I’m taking steps to setting up my guitar teaching practice here; it will likely be a slow process, but I do have a Craigslist ad in circulation & I hope to get flyers & business cards in distribution next week. I’m hoping the added income will give me more flexibility in the housing search. Fingers crossed!
Otherwise, I’ve been trying to maintain the proverbial positive attitude, & not doing too badly at that, all things considered. One lesson I’ve learned repeatedly in my life & especially in the last year or two: while I’ll never be rich in terms of material assets or dollars, I am rich in friends: friends have seen me thru some very harsh times. The times these days only occasionally seem harsh, but they often seem uncertain. Yes, you need to reach out & let friends know you need them—but whenever I do, I’ve received a rich return. I’ve also witnessed one friend in particular who’s experiencing a very harsh & dire situation in her life, & it’s been great to see how many friends have come to her support; & I’ve been happy to do what I could for her in my own small way. When we consider how good it makes us feel to help a friend, why should we be selfish about our own problems & not reach out to others?
If you’re having a hard time, reach out. If a friend is having a hard time, reach out to her/him. In either case (or both cases), you may just direct your feet to the sunny side of the street!
OK, so ends today’s power of positive thinking sermonette! I’ve also been reading Terry Teachout’s biography of Louis Armstrong, Pops. I have mixed feelings about Teachout’s book, but at its best, such as in his descriptions of the later Hot Five sessions (those with Earl "Fatha" Hines), it’s quite engaging—tho I didn’t appreciate his dismissive writing about Lil Hardin Armstrong. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about Armstrong, & tho this recording dates from a time when his powers were on the wane, you can still hear why Louis Armstrong was one of the greatest musical forces in US 20th century music. I’m not sure specifically when this clip was recorded—since Trummy Young is playing trombone that places it between 1952 & 1964, but we probably could have guessed that anyway.
Enjoy! & enjoy your Saturday—spend some time with some friends!
Pic shows wall art on SE Division Street, Portland, OR