At work, I am surrounded by people who have made their job their life. Devotion to one’s work is noble, but some of my friends have made themselves ill from stress. So the gospel for today is the Latin motto. To me, seizing the day isn’t about abandoning one’s responsibilities for self-absorption, but it does mean paying attention to the self. While we’re young, as Alec Wilder wrote.
For me, carpe diem translates into making plans to go to the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival; for the Beloved, it means walking around the reservoir in Central Park. And you?
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Bent Persson, the amazing trumpeter / cornetist, has a new band. It includes Frans Sjostrom, the genius of the bass saxophone, the inimitable Morten Gunnar Larsen on piano, reedman Lars Frank, Kristoffer Kompen on trombone, and the versatile Jacob Ullberger on banjo and guitar. (Lars and Kristoffer are new to me, so I haven’t invented adjectives for them, but they are fine players indeed.)
And here’s the link to the band’s MySpace page, where you can hear them romp through five selections from their debut CD on Herman Records:
A blog is about sharing pleasure as well as information: I hope I’ve fulfilled my moral obligations for the morning!
Posted in "Thanks A Million", Pay Attention!, Swing You Cats!, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love
Tagged Bent Persson, Bix Beiderbecke, Frans Sjostrom, Herman Records, Jacob Ullberger, jazz blog, Jazz Lives, Kristoffer Krompen, Lars Frank, Michael Steinman, Morten Gunnar Larsen, MySpace, Union Rhythm Kings